CBS's Sunday night coverage of the AFC championship game between Tennessee and Oakland crushed the parade of fashion and acceptance speeches at the Golden Globe Awards over on NBC, Nielsen Media Research said today.
The football game led CBS to an easy ratings win for the week, an average of 16.6 million viewers. NBC had 13.8 million viewers, ABC 9.3 million, Fox 7.9 million, WB 4.2 million and UPN 3 million.
The prime-time football game was watched by 41.4 million viewers, easily last week's most popular program. The Golden Globes on NBC were seen by slightly more than 20 million viewers. Viewership for the film and television awards show was the lowest since 1997, Nielsen said. Last year, 23.4 million people watched.
ABC's coverage of the American Music Awards, with Ozzy Osbourne and his family as hosts, was seen by just 12.9 million viewers. That's the smallest audience since Nielsen began keeping records for the show in 1974, and sharply down from the 16 million who saw it last year. Cable's TLC network was crowing about its biggest audience ever, 5.9 million viewers for Saturday night's "Trading Spaces" episode. The show featured the first live "reveal," TLC lingo for the moment homeowners see how their neighbors have redecorated their home.
NBC's "Nightly News" won the evening news ratings race, averaging 11.7 million viewers. ABC's "World News Tonight" was second with 10.6 million and the "CBS Evening News" had 8.9 million.
For the week of Jan. 13-19, the top 10 shows, in order: CBS's AFC Championship broadcast; NBC's "Friends" and "ER"; CBS's "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"; Fox's "Joe Millionaire"; NBC's "Scrubs"; ABC's "The Bachelorette"; and NBC's "Will and Grace," Golden Globe Awards broadcast and "Good Morning, Miami."