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Fox’s Staggering Ratings Numbers — and How the Network Will Continue to Benefit Later This Week From That Football Overrun

Jan 23, 2012  •  Post A Comment

Fox dominated the ratings Sunday night with the NFC Championship game, which ran into overtime and pushed “American Idol” into a later slot.

The “Idol” audition show benefited from its football lead-in to the tune of a 7.9 rating in adults 18-49 and 19.8 million total viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen figures, EW.com reports. But the show’s late running time on the East Coast (10:57-11:57 p.m.) prompted Fox to repurpose the show — which includes a tryout by actor Jim Carrey’s daughter.

Fox will air the episode again Tuesday at 8 p.m., bumping a “Glee” rerun from the lineup.

Fox reported that its Sunday night ratings were the best for any network on any night in almost a year, since Fox aired the Super Bowl last Feb. 6, EW reports.

Noting that numbers will need adjustment due to live programming, TVbytheNumbers.com reported that Fox was a big winner in prime time with an average rating of 18.7 in the 18-49 demo, way ahead of ABC (2.0 average), CBS (1.6) and NBC (0.9). In total viewers, Fox averaged a whopping 50.1 million to 7.2 million for CBS, 6.4 million for ABC and 4.6 million for NBC.

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