TV ratings: NFC Championship game is huge for FOX but pushes 'Idol' out of primetime

nfc-champ-ratings-0122.jpgFast national ratings for Sunday, Jan. 22, 2011

The NFC Championship game scored a massive audience for FOX on Sunday, but we'll have to wait and see how many people stuck around for a special "American Idol" afterward: The overtime contest and post-game report pushed "Idol" out of primetime in most of the country.

UPDATE 12:30 p.m. ET: FOX says the post-football "Idol" broadcast, which began at 10:57 p.m. ET, drew 19.8 million viewers and a 7.9 rating among adults 18-49. The demo number beat the show's Wednesday and Thursday airings last week.

Elsewhere, ABC's lineup was relatively steady with last week, falling by only a small amount against the huge NFL game, while CBS' "Undercover Boss" took a somewhat bigger hit in its second week.

FOX's numbers will change some because of its live NFL telecast, but as it stands now the network averaged about 50.1 million viewers and a 26.9 rating/39 share in households Sunday. CBS was the best of the rest in viewers, drawing 7.2 million and a 4.8/7. ABC (6.45 million, 4.0/6) came in third, and NBC (4.6 million, 3.1/4) trailed.

FOX scored an 18.7 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic, the highest number (by a lot) for any network this season. ABC finished with a 2.0, followed by CBS, 1.6, and NBC, 0.9.

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