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[01/18/21 - 08:01 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: NFL Playoffs Deliver Victory for FOX
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

Primetime Preliminary Fast National Nielsen Data
(includes all DVR playback through 3:00 am)

Here are the highlights of the 16 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (1/17/21):

[Note: Fast affiliate ratings are inaccurate for live sports.]

FOX (23.075 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.4, #1) surged to the top spot on Sunday thanks to its presentation of the "NFL Divisional Playoff: Tampa Bay at New Orleans" (28.806 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 8.0, #1) followed by special installments of "The Great North" (8.416 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2) and "Family Guy" (3.342 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3).

CBS (6.000 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) was the silver draw with its mix of "60 Minutes" (10.235 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (5.383 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5), "NCIS: New Orleans" (4.937 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and a repeat "NCIS" (3.446 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

Next up was ABC (3.049 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with its new lineup of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.023 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" (2.685 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8), "Card Sharks" (1.878 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and "The Rookie" (3.609 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

Meanwhile, NBC (1.351 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) opted for repeats of "Weakest Link" (1.427 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11), "The Wall" (1.455 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and "American Ninja Warrior: All Star Skills Special" (1.262 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

And finally, the return of "Batwoman" (0.663 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #15) and a rebroadcast of "All American Stories" (0.177 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.0, #16) rounded out the night on The CW (0.420 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+333.33% - The Great North (vs. 1/3/21)
+57.14% - Family Guy (vs. 12/13/20)
+50.00% - Card Sharks (vs. 12/13/20)
0.00% - NCIS: New Orleans
0.00% - The Rookie
-14.29% - NCIS: Los Angeles
-28.57% - America's Funniest Home Videos
-33.33% - Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
-42.11% - 60 Minutes

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+25.00% - NCIS: New Orleans (vs. FBI (Repeat))
+20.00% - NCIS: Los Angeles (vs. NCIS (Repeat))
+10.00% - 60 Minutes
0.00% - The Rookie (vs. Shark Tank (Repeat))
0.00% - America's Funniest Home Videos
0.00% - Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (vs. Kids Say the Darndest Things)
-3.70% - The Great North (vs. 9-1-1: Lone Star)
-40.00% - Card Sharks (vs. Shark Tank)
-50.00% - Batwoman
-59.26% - Family Guy (vs. 9-1-1: Lone Star)


Here are the highlights of the 15 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (1/19/20):

[Note: Fast affiliate ratings are inaccurate for live events.]

FOX (28.063 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 8.2, #1) overshadowed the competition on Sunday thanks to its coverage of the "NFC Championship" (34.133 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 10.0, #1) and the launch of "9-1-1: Lone Star" (9.852 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #2).

CBS (4.971 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) was a distant second with its mix of "60 Minutes" (8.142 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3), "NCIS" (4.342 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), "FBI" (3.709 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (3.692 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

Next up was ABC (2.927 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with a new "America's Funniest Home Videos" (3.886 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), the season finale of "Kids Say the Darndest Things" (2.790 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8), the Friday-bound "Shark Tank" (2.717 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) and a repeat "Shark Tank" (2.316 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

Meanwhile, NBC (1.903 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) opted for encores of "America's Got Talent: The Champions" (1.879 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12), "Ellen's Game of Games" (1.723 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and another "Ellen's Game of Games" (2.130 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

And finally, the return of "Batwoman" (0.777 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and "Supergirl" (0.830 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) on The CW (0.803 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
0.00% - Shark Tank
-20.00% - Kids Say the Darndest Things
-28.57% - America's Funniest Home Videos
-33.33% - 60 Minutes
-66.67% - Supergirl (vs. 12/8/19)
-66.67% - Batwoman (vs. 12/9/19)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
-16.67% - America's Funniest Home Videos (vs. America's Funniest Home Videos (Repeat))
-28.57% - Shark Tank
-33.33% - Kids Say the Darndest Things (vs. America's Funniest Home Videos (Repeat))
-33.33% - Supergirl (vs. Charmed)
-33.33% - Batwoman (vs. Supergirl)
-93.10% - 60 Minutes (vs. AFC Championship)

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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