Primetime Ratings: ‘Giants’ Victory for Fox

National Football League Playoff Upset Tops Other Four Networks Combined

In what could be foreshadowing of the kind of numbers it can look forward to with American Idol in a strike-disrupted season, Fox clobbered the competition Sunday night in the 18-49 demo with a 9 rating/21 share, with NBC getting little viewership for its coverage of the Golden Globe Awards show/not an awards show.

But rather than American Idol providing Fox with the powerhouse lead-in, it was "America's Team," the National Football League’s Dallas Cowboys, or more accurately that team's upending by the underdog New York Giants, which spilled over into primetime and averaged a whopping 14.6/36 from 7 p.m.-8 p.m., delivering a powerhouse lead-in to new drama Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, which averaged a 7.6/18 from 8 p.m.-9 p.m. and was the night's second-highest-rated show.

As it has frequently done on Idol nights, Fox beat ABC, CBS, NBC and The CW combined in rating and share.

Second-place ABC was a speck in the rearview mirror at a 3.9/9, led by two hours’ worth of Extreme Makeover from 8 p.m.-10 p.m. (5.5/12) and Brothers and Sisters from 10 p.m.-11 p.m., which won its time period with a 4.3/10.

CBS was third with a 3.1/7, topped by Amazing Race at a 3.7/9. CBS' airing of Comanche Moon, the third installment of the Lonesome Dove chronicles, averaged a 3.2 but lost audience in the demo over each of its half-hours.

NBC was a distant fourth at a 1.4/3. With its Golden Globes coverage reduced by the writers’ strike to sharing a press conference with anyone that wanted to air it, NBC only managed a 1.3/3 for the one-hour show. It also did not fare particularly well with a repeat of the just-renewed American Gladiators, which averaged a 1.9/5 from 10 p.m.-11 p.m. for third place.

The CW averaged a 0.4/1 for a lineup of the extremely low-rated CW Now (0.2/1) a repeat of Aliens in America and back-to-back episodes of One Tree Hill.