TV Ratings: Globes and '24' can't beat CBS' Sunday football
Viewers were pleased to have the Golden Globes back on NBC after a one-year absence, but the end of the NFL playoff game between the Steelers and Chargers pushed CBS to the Sunday win.
CBS averaged a 4.9 rating in the key 18-49 demographic, beating NBC's 4.1 rating. ABC had a 3.5 rating for third, nipping the 3.4 rating for FOX. The CW's 0.4 rating wasn't in the equation.
CBS also won overall, averaging an estimated 17 million viewers with a 10.2 rating/16 share. NBC was second with an 8.2/12, while ABC's 6.2/10 and FOX's 5.5/8 followed. The CW had a 0.7/1.
At 7 p.m. the conclusion of the Steelers' postseason win did a 17.1/27 for CBS. NBC was second with the 4.8/8 for Golden Globes red carpet. ABC was a close third with "America's Funniest Home Videos" FOX's animation repeats were fourth, while The CW finished fifth with a 0.5/1 for "Jericho."
CBS stayed on top at 8 p.m. with a 9.6/14 for "60 Minutes." NBC's Globes telecast had a 9.4/14 for second, while the first hour of FOX's "24" premiere was third with a 7.0/10. ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" was fourth, still many many many many times better than The CW's airing of "Carrie."
At 9 p.m. NBC moved into first with the Globes doing a 9.0/13. ABC's "Desperate Housewives" had an 8.5/13 for second, winning the hour in the 18-49 demographic. CBS' "Cold Case" was third, beating the 7.1/10 for the second hour of "24" on FOX. The CW stayed last.
NBC' Globes broadcast was up to a 9.4/15 in its final hour. CBS' "The Unit" was second with a 6.5/11, beating the 5.8/9 for "Brothers & Sisters" on ABC.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change, particularly in the case of live events.