The Saturday night NFL Playoff game between the Indianapolis Colts and San Diego Chargers dominated weekly viewing. Post game playoff coverage Sunday on Fox, the return of Desperate Housewives and a rerun of NCIS rounded out the top five.

If you don’t see an 18-49 ranking, it just means the show wasn’t ranked among the top 31 shows among 18-49 year olds that we saw data for this week. The full top 20 rankings among 18-49 year olds for broadcast shows are available here.

Nielsen Top Twenty Shows by viewers for the week ending 01/04/09:

Rank Shows R=Repeat S=Special P=Premiere Net # Viewers (LIVE+SD) (000) HH RATING (LIVE+SD) HH SHARE (LIVE+SD) 18-49 Rank
1 NBC NFL PLAYOFF GAME 2(S) S NBC 27,792 16.1 27 1
2 NBC NFL PLAYOFF PRE-KICK2(S) S NBC 21,865 13.1 23 2
3 FOX NFC WILDCARD POST GME(S) S FOX 16,416 9.8 16 3
4 DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES ABC 14,394 8.8 13 4
5 NCIS R CBS 13,433 8.1 13 18
6 ALLSTATE SUGAR BOWL(S) S FOX 13,369 7.8 13 5
7 COLD CASE CBS 12,673 7.9 12 15
8 60 MINUTES CBS 12,322 8.1 13
9 TWO AND A HALF MEN R CBS 11,867 7.2 11 7
10 CSI: MIAMI R CBS 11,357 7.3 12 12
11 EXTREME MAKEOVER:HM ED-8P ABC 10,935 6.4 10 6
12 SUPERSTARS OF DANCE 1/4(S) S NBC 10,553 6.3 10 9
13 KENNEDY CENTER HONORS(S) S CBS 10,513 6.6 11
14 MILLION DOLLAR PASSWORD CBS 10,414 6.7 10
15 CSI SPECIAL(S) SR CBS 9,760 5.8 9 19
16 UNIT, THE CBS 9,729 6.0 10 22
17 LAW AND ORDER:SVU 12/30(S) SR NBC 9,624 6.2 10 17
18 DEAL OR NO DEAL 1/1(S) S NBC 9,488 5.7 9 24
19 FEDEX ORANGE BOWL(S) S FOX 9,319 5.4 9 10
20 BROTHERS & SISTERS ABC 9,093 5.9 10 8

Nielsen Ratings Data: ©2008 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved

All numbers above based on live plus same day DVR viewing.

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