Fast National ratings for Sunday, January 19, 2014.
Though any ratings related to live sporting events are subject to change, preliminary numbers from Sunday night have the combination of the NFC Championship Game between the Seahawks and 49ers and "The Following" season 2 premiere gave FOX its highest-rated night in two years (since the Giants-49ers NFC Championship Game), and lifted "The Following" season 2 premiere to that show's best numbers ever.
For the night, preliminary numbers say that FOX averaged 44.7 million viewers and a 15.4 rating among adults 18-49. Everyone else was irrelevant, with CBS, NBC and ABC all averaging only a 0.9 demo ratings, differentiated by small amounts among total viewers (5.7 million for CBS, 4.2 for ABC, 3.5 for FOX).
7 p.m. -- Niners-Seahawks was already under way, and already destroying everything in its path. For the hour, it averaged a 15.7 in the demo and 46.4 million viewers. It was followed by CBS' "60 Minutes" (1.3, 7.8 million viewers), an "America's Funniest Home Videos" repeat on ABC (0.8, 4.4 million), and "Dateline NBC" (0.8, 4.25 million).
8 p.m. -- More football annihilation, with the game pulling a 15.3 in the demo and 44.5 million viewers, followed by "The Bachelor Love Stories" special on ABC (0.9, 3.9 million), a "Good Wife" repeat on CBS (0.7, 4.4 million) and NBC's telecast of the movie "Bridesmaids" (0.7, 2.8 million).
9 p.m. -- Third verse, same as the first two: football at a 15.1 demo rating and 43.1 million viewers, followed by ABC's "Revenge" (1.3, 5.3 million), a "Mentalist" repeat on CBS (0.7, 4.4 million) and more "Bridesmaids" (0.8, 2.9 million).
10 p.m. -- The game ended at 9:54 p.m., and postgame coverage ran until 10:18. So the numbers for this hour will be fuzzy, but "The Following" itself drew a 4.4 demo rating and 11.2 million viewers, followed by more "Bridesmaids" (1.2, 4 million), a "Criminal Minds" repeat (1.0, 6.1 million), and what was almost certainly the series finale of "Betrayal" (0.7, 3.4 million).
Our final network executive session of the January 2014 Press Tour -- And my last live-blog of this press tour before heading to Sundance -- is NBC's panel.
Naturally, we have NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt, but as he sometimes likes to do, he's being joined by NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke and President of Late Night, Alternative & Whatnot Paul Telegdy.
It was a fairly decent fall for NBC, plus they have the Winter Olympics coming, plus they have a big late-night shift coming, so there will be plenty to discuss.
It's time for Breakfast with a Cannibal, as NBC's "Hannibal" arrives for what is actually its first Television Critics Association press tour appearance.
Strange, but there we are.
We're being joined by Bryan Fuller, Mads Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy, Laurence Fishburne and Caroline Dhavernas.
Click through for all of the highlights.
And we're back! It was only six days ago that we were all here for the Golden Globe Awards, where "American Hustle" and "12 Years a Slave" won best picture awards and cemented their positions as Oscar best picture favorites. How will things play out at the 2014 SAG Awards?
And will "Breaking Bad" continue its recent drama domination?
One thing's for sure: "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" won't win any awards tonight.
Click through for my full live-blog of the 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards and chat along in the comments!
Things aren't great on ABC. "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." is doing OK, but it's not a smash. "The Goldbergs" is doing OK, but it's not a hit. "Super Fun Night" is running on fumes. "Back in the Game" is done. "Trophy Wife" is struggling. "Lucky 7" tanked. "Betrayal" tanked. "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" tanked. "The Assets" tanked. "Killer Women" tanked.
ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee drops by the Television Critics Association press tour on Friday (January 17) morning and we'll see what he has to say.
Click through for the full Q&A.