TV ratings: Golden Globes fall a little, NFL carries FOX to victory Sunday

golden-globes-2012-ratings.jpgFast National ratings for Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012

Ratings for the 2012 Golden Globe Awards were down a little bit from last year, dipping by a couple hundred thousand viewers from the 2011 ceremony. NBC came in second for the night to FOX, which rode a huge audience for the end of its NFL playoff game to victory.

The big lead-in gave "The Simpsons" its biggest audience of the season and helped "Napoleon Dynamite" score solid numbers for its premiere -- although the show's second episode later in te night didn't fare quite as well. "Undercover Boss" also opened to decent numbers for CBS.

Thanks to the Giants-Packers game carrying into primetime, FOX scored 20.2 million viewers and an 11.1 rating/17 share for the night, beating out NBC (12.3 million, 7.5/1). Numbers for both networks are subject to revision because of their live telecasts. CBS took third for the evening with 9.2 million viewers and a 5.8/9, while ABC (6.7 million, 4.0/6) trailed.

FOX also dominated the adults 18-49 demographic with an 8.0 rating. NBC finished second with a 3.6, followed by ABC, 2.1, and CBS, 2.0.