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The NFC Championship game wasn’t much of a contest on the field, but it drew a massive audience anyway.

FOX’s coverage of the Carolina Panthers’ blowout win over the Arizona Cardinals ruled the weekly Nielsen prime-time ratings. The game delivered a 15.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 45.74 million viewers. (CBS’ afternoon broadcast of the AFC Championship had an even bigger audience, 53.3 million.)

The game also helped the return of “The X-Files” score big ratings — its 6.1 in the 18-49 demo was the top non-sports rating of the week by a wide margin.

Top 25 broadcast shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Jan. 18-24, 2016

Rank Show Net 18-49 Rating 18-49 Viewers (000s)
1 NFC CHAMPIONSHIP FOX 15.7 19916
2 NFC CHAMPIONSHIP POSTGAME FOX 9.1 11489
3 THE X-FILES – P FOX 6.1 7795
4 NCIS CBS 2.4 3057
4t AMERICAN IDOL – THURSDAY FOX 2.4 3024
4t AMERICAN IDOL – WEDNESDAY FOX 2.4 3012
7 THE BIG BANG THEORY – R CBS 2.2 2809
7t THE BACHELOR ABC 2.2 2729
9 SCORPION CBS 2.0 2530
9t CRIMINAL MINDS CBS 2.0 2510
9t THE GOLDBERGS ABC 2.0 2504
9t LIFE IN PIECES CBS 2.0 2483
13 SUPERGIRL CBS 1.8 2340
13t THE MIDDLE ABC 1.8 2338
13t NCIS: NEW ORLEANS CBS 1.8 2291
13t 60 MINUTES PRESENTS – R CBS 1.8 2253
13t CHICAGO FIRE NBC 1.8 2249
18 BLACK-ISH ABC 1.7 2207
18t MOM CBS 1.7 2152
18t LAW AND ORDER:SVU NBC 1.7 2152
18t 2 BROKE GIRLS CBS 1.7 2152
18t MIKE & MOLLY CBS 1.7 2100
18t SUPERSTORE NBC 1.7 2099
24 MODERN FAMILY – R ABC 1.6 2072
24t NCIS: LOS ANGELES CBS 1.6 2055
24t CHICAGO MED NBC 1.6 1980
24t THE BLACKLIST NBC 1.6 1966

 

Top 25 broadcast shows in viewers for Jan. 18-24, 2016

Rank Show Net Viewers (000s)
1 NFC CHAMPIONSHIP FOX 45739
2 NFC CHAMPIONSHIP POSTGAME FOX 24323
3 NCIS CBS 17505
4 THE X-FILES – P FOX 16193
5 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS CBS 13298
6 SCORPION CBS 11603
7 BLUE BLOODS CBS 11555
8 THE BIG BANG THEORY – R CBS 11085
9 NCIS: LOS ANGELES CBS 10640
10 HAWAII FIVE-0 CBS 10071
11 60 MINUTES PRESENTS – R CBS 9694
12 AMERICAN IDOL – THURSDAY FOX 9363
13 CRIMINAL MINDS CBS 9252
14 AMERICAN IDOL – WEDNESDAY FOX 9223
14t LIFE IN PIECES CBS 8778
16 SUPERGIRL CBS 8767
17 MOM CBS 8490
18 60 MINUTES – S CBS 8319
19 CHICAGO FIRE NBC 8159
20 UNDERCOVER BOSS CBS 7938
21 THE BACHELOR ABC 7561
22 THE BLACKLIST NBC 7424
23 CODE BLACK CBS 7290
24 THE MIDDLE ABC 7241
25 CHICAGO MED NBC 7050

 

All numbers are live + same-day. Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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