Fast National ratings for Sunday, January 29, 2012.
Despite a lack of star-power, the high-scoring 2012 Pro Bowl allowed NBC to win Sunday night among young viewers, while "Undercover Boss" helped CBS eke out a slim victory overall.
Among adults 18-49, NBC averaged a 3.7 rating, topping the night in the key demographic. CBS was a distant second with a 2.2 rating, followed closely by ABC's 2.1 rating and the 2.0 rating for FOX.
Overall, though, CBS averaged an estimated 11.42 million viewers for the night along with a 7.2 rating/11 share, beating NBC's 10.74 million viewers and 6.4/10. ABC averaged a 4.7/7 and 7.97 million viewers for third, ahead of the 4.11 million and 2.4/4 for FOX.
[Univision averaged 2.45 million viewers and a 1.0 rating among adults 18-49 for Sunday primetime.]
7 p.m. - NBC's Pro Bowl coverage started primetime in first with 12.86 million viewers and a 4.2 rating among adults 18-49. CBS was second overall with 11.21 million viewers for "60 Minutes," which was third with a 1.5 key demo rating. ABC's "America's Funniest Home Videos" was third with 7.34 million viewers and second with a 1.9 key demo rating. FOX was fourth with a repeat of "Bob's Burgers" (1.71 million and a 0.7 key demo) and a new "The Cleveland Show" (2.74 million and a 1.3 key demo).
8 p.m. - CBS moved into first overall with the 13.055 million viewers for "Undercover Boss," but third among adults 18-49 with a 3.0 rating. NBC's Pro Bowl broadcast was second overall with 11.88 million viewers and first with a 4.1 key demo rating. ABC's "Once Upon a Time" averaged 10.78 million viewers and a 3.4 key demo rating, both solidly up from last week (its biggest audience overall since November), though not up by nearly as much as "Undercover Boss," which added nearly 4 million viewers. FOX was well back in fourth with "The Simpsons" (5.12 million and a 2.4 key demo) and "Napoleon Dynamite" (4.43 million and a 2.1 key demo). 
9 p.m. - "The Good Wife" won the 9 p.m. hour overall for CBS with 10.95 million viewers and finished third with a 2.2 rating among adults 18-49. NBC was second overall with the 9.95 million viewers for the Pro Bowl, winning the hour with a 3.5 key demo rating. ABC's "A Smile As Big As The Moon" averaged nearly 6.9 million viewers and a 1.6 key demo rating. On FOX, "Family Guy" (5.92 million and a 3.0 key demo rating) and "American Dad" (4.76 million and a 2.4 key demo rating) were fourth overall and second in the key demo.
10 p.m. - CBS' "CSI: Miami" won the 10 p.m. hour overall with 10.48 million viewers and finished second with a 2.2 rating among adults 18-49. NBC's dwindling Pro Bowl telecast averaged 8.25 million viewers and won the hour with a 2.9 key demo rating. ABC's "Smile" remained steady with 6.85 million viewers and a 1.5 key demo rating.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.
A long-time member of the TCA Board and a longer-time blogger of "American Idol," Dan Fienberg writes about TV, except for when he writes about movies or sometimes writes about the Red Sox. But never music. He would sound stupid talking about music.