TV ratings: NFL powers CBS Sunday; Globes, '24' solid

ricky-gervais-gg-320.jpgFast National ratings for Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010

The Golden Globe Awards drew an audience in line with their performance last year, and FOX got decent numbers from the premieres of "Human Target" and "24" Sunday. But CBS used a huge NFL playoff game to score the night's best ratings.

Thanks to the playoff game, CBS averaged 17.8 million viewers and a 10.5 rating/16 share in primetime. NBC (12.95 million, 7.7/12) came in second (both CBS' and NBC's numbers will change some because of their live broadcasts). FOX (8.4 million, 4.8/7) came in third in viewers, a little ahead of ABC (8.3 million, 5.1/8).

CBS also led the adults 18-49 demographic with a 5.1 rating, beating NBC's 4.1. FOX grabbed third with a 2.6, edging ABC's 2.5.

Sunday hour by hour:

7 p.m.

CBS: NFL playoff - Jets-Chargers (34.2 million viewers, 19.4/31 households)
NBC: Special - "2010 Golden Globes Red Carpet" (9.4 million, 5.8/9)
ABC: "America's Funniest Home Videos" (7.3 million, 4.2/7)
FOX: "24" rerun (3.7 million, 2.3/4)

18-49 leader: NFL playoff (11.3)

8 p.m.

CBS: "60 Minutes" (16.7 million, 10.0/15)
NBC: Golden Globe Awards (15.1 million, 8.8/13)
FOX: "Human Target" series premiere (10.1 million, 5.8/9)
ABC: "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" rerun (6.5 million, 3.8/6)

18-49 leader: Golden Globe Awards (4.9)

9 p.m.

NBC: Golden Globe Awards (14.1 million, 8.3/13)
FOX: "24" season premiere (11.5 million, 6.4/10)
ABC: "Desperate Housewives" (11.2 million, 6.9/10)
CBS: "Cold Case" (10.7 million, 6.6/10)

18-49 leader: Golden Globe Awards (4.6)

10 p.m.

NBC: Golden Globe Awards (13.2 million, 8.0/13)
FOX: "24" season premiere (11.3 million, 6.4/10)
CBS: "NCIS" rerun (9.6 million, 6.0/10)
ABC: "Brothers & Sisters" (8.05 million, 5.4/9)

18-49 leader: Golden Globe Awards (4.5)

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.

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