TV ratings: Saints' first NFC championship huge for FOX

saints-getty-nfc.jpgThe Vikings-Saints NFC championship game that ended in a dramatic overtime Saints win powered FOX to a huge Sunday win.

FOX won the night with 52 million viewers, a 27.6 rating/41 share, which is an absolutely massive night, even for an NFL playoff game. In contrast, last Sunday's CBS Jets-Chargers playoff game only garnered 18 million, 10.5/16 share, though it was up against the Golden Globes.

It didn't hurt that Sunday, Jan. 24 saw most shows on ABC and CBS in reruns, but NBC's AT&T U.S. Figure Skating broadcast still couldn't even sniff the ratings of the Vikings-Saints game. In the all-important 18-49 demo, FOX won with a 19.0 rating/43 share. The next-highest was ABC with a 1.9/4.

Sunday hour by hour:

7 p.m.

FOX: NFL playoff -- Saints/Vikings (54 million viewers, 28.3/43 households)
CBS: "60 Minutes" (7 million viewers, 4.6/7)
ABC: "America's Funniest Home Videos" rerun (5.9 million, 3.6/5)
NBC: "Dateline" (3.4 million, 2.4/4)

18-49 leader: NFL playoff (19.4)

8 p.m.

FOX: NFL playoff -- Saints/Vikings (50 million, 26.1/38)
ABC: "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" (7.3 million, 4.5/7)
CBS: "CSI: NY" rerun (5.4 million, 3.6/5)
NBC: "Dateline" (4.6 million, 3.2/5)

18-49 leader: NFL playoff (18.0)

9 p.m.

FOX: NFL playoff -- Saints/Vikings (53 million, 28.4/40)
ABC: "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" (8.4 million, 5.3/8)
CBS: "Cold Case" rerun (6 million, 4.1/6)
NBC: AT&T U.S. Figure Skating finals (3.2 million, 2.2/3)

18-49 leader: NFL playoff (19.7)

10 p.m.


FOX:  NFL playoff -- Vikings/Saints (36 million, 19.3/31)
CBS: "CSI: Miami" rerun (7.2 million, 4.8/8)
ABC: "Desperate Housewives" rerun (4.2 million, 2.8/4)
NBC: AT&T U.S. Figure Skating finals (4 million, 2.7/4)

18-49 leader: NFL playoff (13.4)

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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