TV ratings: 'The Following' premiere gets a boost from huge NFC championship

following-s2-premiere-ratings.jpgFast National ratings for Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014

The NFC championship game on FOX scored predictably huge ratings Sunday night, and also gave a boost to the Season 2 premiere "The Following." Because both the game and the show aired live across the country -- and "The Following" started at 10:18 p.m. ET -- the numbers are subject to change, but as things stand now, the show scored its biggest ratings ever.

FOX delivered 36.8 million viewers and a 19.5 rating/30 share in households for the night, pending updates for its live telecasts. CBS (5.7 million, 3.8/6) was the best of the rest. ABC (4.25 million, 2.8/4) came in third, and NBC (3.5 million, 2.2/3) trailed.

FOX also dominated the 18-49 demographic with a 12.7 rating. ABC, CBS and NBC all averaged a 0.9.

CBS and NBC essentially took the night off, but ABC stuck with originals. Unsurprisingly, "Revenge" was down some opposite the heavier competition, and "Betrayal" ended its season down from last week.

Sunday hour by hour:

7 p.m.

FOX:
NFC championship - 49ers/Seahawks (46.4 million viewers, 23.9/37 households)
CBS: "60 Minutes" (7.8 million, 5.2/8)
ABC: "America's Funniest Home Videos" rerun (4.4 million, 2.6/4)
NBC: "Dateline" (4.25 million, 2.8/4)

18-49 leader: NFC championship (15.7)

8 p.m.

FOX:
NFC championship (44.5 million, 23.3/35)
CBS: "The Good Wife" rerun (4.4 million, 3.1/5)
ABC: "The Bachelor: Bachelor Love Stories" (3.9 million, 2.6/4)
NBC: Movie - "Bridesmaids" (2.8 million, 1.7/3)

18-49 leader: NFC championship (15.3)

9 p.m.

FOX:
NFC championship (43.1 million, 23.0/34)
ABC: "Revenge" (5.3 million, 3.6/5)
CBS: "The Mentalist" rerun (4.55 million, 3.0/4)
NBC: "Bridesmaids" (2.9 million, 1.8/3)

18-49 leader: NFC championship (15.1)

10 p.m.

FOX:
NFC championship post-game/"The Following" season premiere (13.1 million, 7.6/13)
CBS: "Criminal Minds" rerun (6.1 million, 4.0/6)
NBC: "Bridesmaids" (4 million, 2.5/4)
ABC: "Betrayal" season finale (3.4 million, 2.4/4)

18-49 leader: NFC championship post-game/"The Following" (4.6)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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