TV ratings: 'The Firm' starts quietly, NFL playoffs give CBS a big win Sunday

josh-lucas-the-firm-nbc.jpgFast National ratings for Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012

An overtime NFL playoff game on CBS delivered a huge audience early Sunday night and led the network to a big ratings win. Elsewhere, "The Firm" had a pretty soft start for NBC, particularly in the adults 18-49 demographic, while "Once Upon a Time" returned to ABC with improved numbers compared to its last couple episodes of the fall.

Thanks to the Steelers-Broncos game running past 8 p.m. ET, CBS delivered 22.6 million viewers and a 13.2 rating/20 share in households for the night (those numbers will change some because of the live NFL telecast). ABC (7.2 million, 4.4/7) finished a distant second. NBC took third overall with 6.25 million viewers and a 4.1/6, while FOX (4 million, 2.3/3) trailed.

CBS also dominated the adults 18-49 demographic with a 7.1 rating. ABC came in second with a 2.3, followed by FOX at 1.9. NBC averaged a 1.3 in the demo.

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