Fast National ratings for Sunday, January 4, 2015.

The last 55 minutes of a tight and controversial Wild Card game between the Cowboys and Lions spilled into Sunday primetime and proved huge enough to push FOX to a dominant performance in all measures, also giving big boosts to "The Simpsons," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "Family Guy" and "Bob's Burgers."

Numbers for FOX are, of course, tentative and subject to change.

With new programming returning on Sunday after holiday breaks, there were a slew of notables, including a very strong return for NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice" and good NFL-free audiences for "Madam Secretary" and "The Good Wife." ABC's fairy tale musical-comedy "Galavant" got off to an encouraging start on its own, though it was unable to serve as any kind of lead-in for "Resurrection" and "Revenge."

On to the numbers...

Among adults 18-49, FOX averaged a 6.2 rating for Sunday night, tops in the key demographic. NBC was a distant second with a 1.8 key demo rating. ABC's 1.3 key demo rating and the 1.2 key demo rating for CBS followed for the night.

Overall, FOX averaged an estimated 16.87 million viewers and a 9.3 rating/14 share for Sunday night, far ahead of second place CBS' 9.445 million viewers and 6.0/9. There was a big drop to NBC's 6.51 million viewers and a 4.0/6 and to ABC's 3.1/5 and 5.36 million viewers.

7 p.m. - The conclusion of the NFC Wild Card game, plus five minutes of post-game, averaged a whopping 37.62 million viewers and 12.6 rating among adults 18-49 for FOX in the 7 p.m. hour. CBS was a rather distant second overall with 7.52 million viewers and third with a 0.8 key demo rating. ABC's "America's Funniest Home Videos" held up well with 6.08 million viewers for third and a 1.3 key demo rating in second. The first of two "Dateline" hours averaged 4.22 million viewers and a 0.7 key demo rating for NBC. 

8 p.m. - "Madam Secretary" moved CBS into first overall for the 8 p.m. hour with 11.55 million viewers, but finished fourth with a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49. FOX was second overall and won the hour in the key demo with football-boosted episodes of "The Simpsons" (10.51 million and a 4.6 key demo) and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (6.015 million and a 2.9 key demo). NBC's "Dateline" was third with 8.26 million viewers and a 1.9 key demo rating. ABC  was fourth overall and second in the key demo with episodes of "Galavant" drawing 7.875 million viewers and a 2.1 key demo rating and then 6.8 million viewers and a 1.9 key demo rating.

9 p.m. - "The Good Wife" won the 9 p.m. hour overall for CBS with 10.24 million viewers and finished third with a 1.3 rating among adults 18-49. NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice" premiere averaged 6.69 million viewers for and a 2.3 key demo rating, both good for second. FOX was third overall and first in the key demo with "Family Guy" (5.5 million and a 2.8 key demo) and "Bob's Burgers" (3.95 million and a 1.9 key demo). ABC's "Resurrection" averaged 4.095 million (including 3.81 million in its second half-hour) and a 1.0 key demo rating in fourth.

10 p.m. - CBS closed primetime in first overall with 8.48 million viewers and finished second with a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49 for "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation." NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice" was second with 6.89 million viewers and won the hour comfortably with a 2.4 key demo rating. ABC's "Revenge" averaged only 3.94 million viewers and a 0.9 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, particularly in the case of live events.

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.