Fast National ratings for Friday, Jan. 2, 2009.
Utah capped off an undefeated season by beating Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. While the Utes probably won't get a national championship out of their season, FOX got a Friday night ratings win, which isn't quite the same thing.
FOX scored a dominant 3.8 rating in the 18-49 demo, topping ABC's 1.8 rating and normal Friday winner CBS' 1.7 rating. NBC was fourth with a 1.3 rating and The CW's 0.6 rating trailed.
Overall, FOX averaged just over 11.9 million viewers and a 6.9 rating/12 share. CBS was a distant second with a 4.7/8, followed by ABC and NBC with a 3.5/6. The CW's 0.9/2 was, as per usual, in last.
FOX's Sugar Bowl coverage swept its available primetime hours, starting at 8 p.m. with a 6.3/11. NBC's "Deal or No Deal" was second with a 4.4/7, nipping "Ghost Whisperer" on CBS. ABC's "Wife Swap" was fourth with a 3.0/5. The CW aired "Everybody Hates Chris" and "The Game" for a 0.9/2.
At 9 p.m. FOX's football was up to a 7.4/12, beating the 4.7/8 for another episode of "Ghost Whisperer." ABC's "Supernanny" took third, beating the 2.9/5 for a new "Lipstick Jungle" on NBC. The CW's comedies trailed.
With FOX's 10 p.m. figures not counting in the standings, CBS moved into first with a 5.0/9 for "Numb3rs." ABC's "20/20" too second with a 4.3/7, beating "Dateline NBC."
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.