There were two games played on Sunday in the NFL Playoffs. The visiting San Francisco 49ers defeated the Green Bay Packers in below zero weather in the last second to win 23-20 on the famed ‘Frozen Tundra’ of Lambeau Stadium. It drew and astounding 41.51 million viewers as the game finished in the 7P half hours. It was enough to carry the evening for FOX although it didn’t win any other time slots after 830P. At 730P, ‘The OT’ drew 35.84 million viewers while the beneficiary of this huge audience was at 8P with ‘The Simpsons’ which picked up 12.04 million viewers. At 830P, the bloom was off the rose as ‘Bob’s Burgers’ drew 6.35 million and at 9P, ‘Family Guy’ pulled in 5.36 million. AT 930P, ‘American Dad’ finished with 5.03 million viewers.
CBS began the even as it has for decades at 7P with ’60 Minutes’. The program featuring active volcanoes drew 7.41 million, well below what it normally does without football as the competition. At 8P, a rerun of ‘Elementary’ drew 6.75 million easily winning the 830P time slot and pushed that leadership on to ‘The Good wife’ at 9P which did 9.24 million, leading all programming in that hour. At 10P, ‘The Mentalist’ finished with a Tiffany Network high of 9.98 million viewers to win its hour of programming, very beneficial for the local affiliates newscasts.
On PBS the premiere of “Downton Abbey, Season 4” on MASTERPIECE brought in an average audience of 10.2 million viewers (6.2 HH Rating) tuned in for Sunday’s premiere.
NBC with ‘Dateline’ from 7-9P drew 5.9 million viewers. At 9-11P, a special, ‘Best of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Primetime Special’ drew 5.71 million viewers on average.
ABC began at 7P with ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’ and drew 6.8 million viewers while at 8P, ‘The Bachelor: Countdown to Juan Pablo’ pulled in 6.22 million. At 9P, ‘Revenge’ pulled in 6.69 million and at 10P, ‘Betrayal’ could only pull in 3.32 million viewers. The last hour was the weak link in The Alphabet Network’s chain.
For the record, FOX finished with an average of 17.754 million viewers, 4.178 million viewers greater than the comparable Sunday a year ago, which also featured an NFL Playoff game. It should be noted that the animation shows began 7 minutes later than usual and the ratings will be adjusted later. CBS finished #2 with 8.332 million viewers, which was 1.8 million less than last year on this comparable day which featured ‘Person Of Interest’ rather than ‘Elementary’ in its schedule; NBC had 5.804 million, some 800,000 less than last year on this comparable day; ABC 5.795 million, some 241,000 ahead of last season on the comparable day and Univision finished with 1.852 million. Telemundo finished with 1.7 million viewers.
Across The Pond:
BBC One began at 7P with ‘Celebrity Mastermind’ which drew 4.52 million viewers (18.4% of available audience) while ‘Antiques Roadshow’ at 730P drew 5.85 million (23.0%) leading to the big program of the evening at 830P, ‘Sherlock’. It drew 8.84 million (31.9%).
ITV was powered by ‘Dancing on Ice’ as it returned for its final year with 6.23 million (25.6%) at 615P, and an added 487,000 (1.9%) on +1. At 745P, ‘All Star Family Fortunes’ entertained 5.44 million (21.4%). The results show of ‘Dancing on Ice’ was seen by 5.64m (18.6%) at 830P. At 9P, the all new ‘It’ll Be Alright’ drew 3.81 million (14.0%).
BBC Two at 8P had ‘Nature’s Weirdest Events’ pull in 2.25 million (8.3%). At 9P, Dan Snow’s ‘Operation Grand Canyon’ was viewed by 2.55 million (9.3%). At 10P, a rerun of Charlie Brooker’s ‘2013 Wipe’ drew a modest 952,000 viewers (5.1%).
Channel 4 at 8P presented ‘Speed with Guy Martin’ and it was viewed by 1.63 million (6.0%), while at 9P, the Cameron Diaz film ‘Bad Teacher’ pulled in 1.91 million (8.0%).
Channel 5 at 645P, presented ‘Miss Congeniality 2’ and it attracted 1.04 million (4.0%). At 9P, ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ brought in nearly double that with 2.05 million (7.5%).
No matter where people were watching on Sunday evening, they were …