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TV Ratings: NFC Championship, American Idol, dominate weekly viewing

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January 26th, 2010

With the second most-watched NFC conference championship game ever, and strong performances from American Idol, FOX easily dominated the top of the broadcast primetime show rankings for the week.

The NFC championship game  was the most-watched event other than a Super Bowl since the Seinfeld finale in 1998 and was second among NFC championships  only to the game played on January 10, 1982 between the Cowboys and the 49ers featuring "The Catch."

Weekly cable show ratings and overnight broadcast show ratings are also available.

Adults 18-49 viewing for the week ending January 24, 2010:

Rank Shows R=Repeat S=Special P=Premiere Net 18-49 Rating 18-49 Viewers (000)
1 FOX NFC CHAMPIONSHIP(S) S FOX 21.3 27,976
2 American Idol-TUESDAY FOX 10.1 13,303
3 AMERICAN IDOL-WEDNESDAY FOX 9.9 12,962
4 FOX NFC CHAMPIONSHIP-POST(S) S FOX 9.5 12,442
5 TWO AND A HALF MEN CBS 5.3 6,986
6 Big Bang Theory, THE CBS 5.3 6,961
7 GREY'S ANATOMY-THU 9PM ABC 4.7 6,144
8 Criminal Minds CBS 4.2 5,563
9 MODERN FAMILY ABC 4.2 5,498
10 Biggest Loser 9 NBC 4.1 5,354
11 HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER CBS 4.0 5,223
12 BACHELOR, THE ABC 3.8 5,065
13 OFFICE NBC 3.7 4,844
14 CSI: MIAMI CBS 3.6 4,792
15 PRIVATE PRACTICE ABC 3.6 4,714
16 BONES FOX 3.5 4,668
17 CSI: NY CBS 3.5 4,648
18 ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE CBS 3.5 4,569
19 24 P FOX 3.5 4,559
20 Cougar Town ABC 3.4 4,488
21 HUMAN TARGET P FOX 3.4 4,419
22 Human Target PRM ENC 1/19(S) SR FOX 3.3 4,292
23 CSI CBS 3.1 4,129
24 Mentalist, THE CBS 3.1 4,090
25 Castle ABC 2.8 3,741

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Overall viewing (all ages 2+) for the week ending January 24, 2010:

Rank Shows R=Repeat S=Special P=Premiere Net # Viewers (LIVE+SD) (000) HH RATING (LIVE+SD) HH SHARE (LIVE+SD)
1 FOX NFC CHAMPIONSHIP(S) S FOX 57,933 30.6 45
2 American Idol-WEDNESDAY FOX 26,854 14.6 23
3 American Idol-TUESDAY FOX 26,384 14.4 22
4 FOX NFC CHAMPIONSHIP-POST(S) S FOX 23,833 13.4 22
5 Two and a Half Men CBS 16,310 9.6 14
6 Big Bang Theory, THE CBS 15,046 8.7 13
7 Criminal Minds CBS 14,913 9.0 14
8 Mentalist, THE CBS 14,557 9.3 16
9 CSI CBS 14,287 8.8 14
10 NCIS R CBS 14,187 9.0 14
11 CSI: NY CBS 13,539 8.6 15
12 CSI: MIAMI CBS 13,218 8.2 14
13 GREY'S ANATOMY-THU 9PM ABC 12,699 8.2 13
14 NCIS: LOS ANGELES R CBS 12,340 7.9 12
15 BONES FOX 11,968 7.2 11
16 24 P FOX 11,106 6.4 10
17 BACHELOR, THE ABC 10,660 6.7 10
18 Human Target P FOX 10,456 6.0 10
19 How I Met Your Mother CBS 10,413 6.2 9
20 Biggest Loser 9 NBC 9,947 5.8 9
21 Modern Family ABC 9,829 5.9 9
22 Private Practice ABC 9,637 6.6 11
23 ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE CBS 9,561 5.6 8
24 Castle ABC 9,476 6.0 10
25 Good Wife, THE R CBS 9,412 6.3 11

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Nielsen Ratings Data: ©2010 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.  All ratings above Live+SD (live viewing plus same day DVR viewing)

 
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