golden globes 2012 ratings TV ratings: Golden Globes fall a little, NFL carries FOX to victory SundayFast National ratings for Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012

Ratings for the 2012 Golden Globe Awards were down a little bit from last year, dipping by a couple hundred thousand viewers from the 2011 ceremony. NBC came in second for the night to FOX, which rode a huge audience for the end of its NFL playoff game to victory.

The big lead-in gave “The Simpsons” its biggest audience of the season and helped “Napoleon Dynamite” score solid numbers for its premiere — although the show’s second episode later in te night didn’t fare quite as well. “Undercover Boss” also opened to decent numbers for CBS.

Thanks to the Giants-Packers game carrying into primetime, FOX scored 20.2 million viewers and an 11.1 rating/17 share for the night, beating out NBC (12.3 million, 7.5/1). Numbers for both networks are subject to revision because of their live telecasts. CBS took third for the evening with 9.2 million viewers and a 5.8/9, while ABC (6.7 million, 4.0/6) trailed.

FOX also dominated the adults 18-49 demographic with an 8.0 rating. NBC finished second with a 3.6, followed by ABC, 2.1, and CBS, 2.0.

]]>7 p.m. FOX: NFL overrun – Giants-Packers (40.1 million viewers, 22.0/34 households)
CBS: “60 Minutes” (8.7 million, 5.7/9)
NBC: Golden Globes red-carpet special (7.35 million, 4.6/7)
ABC: “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (5.1 million, 2.9/5) 18-49 leader: NFL overrun (14.3) 8 p.m. NBC: Golden Globe Awards (14.3 million, 8.6/13)
FOX: “The Simpsons” (15.7 million, 8.8/13)/”Napoleon Dynamite” series premiere (9.5 million, 5.2/8)
CBS: “Undercover Boss” season premiere (11.6 million, 7.0/10)
ABC: “Once Upon a Time” (9.8 million, 5.5/8) 18-49 leader: “The Simpsons” (6.8) 9 p.m. NBC: Golden Globe Awards (13.55 million, 8.2/12)
CBS: “The Good Wife” (9.3 million, 5.9/9)
ABC: “Desperate Housewives” (7.8 million, 4.9/7)
FOX: “Family Guy” (8.5 million, 4.9/7)/”Napoleon Dynamite” (7.15 million, 4.1/6) 18-49 leader: “Family Guy” (4.4) 10 p.m. NBC: Golden Globe Awards (14.15 million, 8.8/14)
CBS: “CSI: Miami” rerun (7.1 million, 4.6/7)
ABC: “Pan Am” (3.9 million, 2.6/4) 18-49 leader: Golden Globe Awards (4.2) Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change, especially in the case of live telecasts. Source: The Nielsen Company. More ratings at Zap2it: Daily, weekly and cable