Ratings: Opposite Globes and Football-Infused Fox, CBS' Boss and Good Wife Take Biggest Hits

NBC’s presentation of the Golden Globe Awards held steady year-to-year — which for the Peacock is a big ol’ W — but the big winner on Sunday night was Fox’s animated line-up, which saw its numbers significantly ‘tooned up by its NFL playoffs lead-in.

Opposite the Globes (which based on preliminary numbers appeared to be pretty much flat versus 2011), The Simpsons (with 15.7 million total viewers and a 6.8 demo rating) is looking at a nearly 300 percent surge coming out of the Giants-Packers game, teeing up Napoleon Dynamite for a debut audience of 9.5 mil and a 4.6 rating (aka double that of Allen Gregory‘s fall premiere).

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Leading off the 9 o’clock hour, Fox’s Family Guy (8.5 mil/4.4) enjoyed gains of some 40 percent; a second blast of Dynamite then drew 7.2 mil/3.6 (down 20 percent from its opener). Though the numbers are due to be adjusted because of slight NFL overrun, Fox is set to register its highest-rated Sunday night in two years.

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The biggest casualties of Fox and NBC’s largesse were on CBS. Undercover Boss (11.6 mil/3.0) matched its Season 2 premiere audience but dropped 21 percent in the demo, while The Good Wife (9.3 mil/1.9) was down 20 and 30 percent, respectively.

Over on ABC, Once Upon a Time (9.84 mil/3.3) and Desperate Housewives (7.8 mil/2.7) each dropped 10 percent in the demo, and Pan Am dipped only slightly to 3.93 mil/1.2.

Comments (14)

  • What an emotional weekend: The end of Tim Tebow’s glorified season, Green Bay Packers got beat by Eli Manning and the New York Giants and PAN AM still has its sinking feeling in ratings. The highest of highs last night was the return of UNDERCOVER BOSS.

    Comment by kevin – January 16, 2012 09:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Good Wife better not cancelled. I enjoy it too much. It fills the void that Boston Legal left (Harry’s Law does that too I suppose)
    Desperate Housewives was pretty solid last night but I’m hoping Mike doesn’t get killed by the mafia. Lord knows we don’t need Susan to cry more this season.

    Comment by Mark – January 16, 2012 10:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • the only void harry’s law fills is a barf bag.

      Comment by tom – January 16, 2012 10:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • How anybody can compare The Good Wife with Boston Legal other than they are about a law firm is amazing.. Boston Legal sure told some hard edge stories but much of it was silly Kelly stuff… pretty much the same thing Harry’s Law is “trying” to do… but not nearly as good… The Good Wife is a far different show with pretty much zero humor but great writing and guest stars…

        How anybody can stomach The Golden Globes is beyond me???? While I think they made some good choices, it is totally bogus awards picked by a bunch of foreign elitist… Picking Grammer over Cranston was just stupid.. I enjoyed the Grammer’s role and I guess he won because it was a serious role but frankly the show is mediocre and he was frankly nothing special.

        Comment by Doug-H – January 16, 2012 12:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • The courtroom scenes with the quirky judges is quintessential Boston Legal. I’d also argue that the Good Wife has a good amount of humor in it. For example last week’s episode was filled with it (David Lee is always a humorous and eccentric character and one clearly devoid of certain legal morals (Ahem, just like James Spader’s character on BL)). So to say they can only be compared cause they’re both shows about law firms is not really not true.

          Comment by Mark – January 16, 2012 01:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I wouldn’t really say Undercover Boss took a big hit. I mean, 60 Minutes got a 1.5 in the demos an hour earlier. If they can transfer even 60& of that rating to Friday nights in February, CBS is going to be more than happy.

    Sucks for The Good Wife, though. :(

    Comment by Chmarin – January 16, 2012 11:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What about Downton Abbey?

    Comment by Alicia – January 16, 2012 11:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • PBS and cable ratings tend to come in a full day later than the broadcast stuff.

      Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – January 16, 2012 11:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Last nights OUAT was good but we had better stories. This was more meh. I know they can’t make every episode exciting and really good but those epis should have more Snow White and Charming. I missed David. Ever since Graham died something is def missing. David needs to fill that.
    Don’t know what to think about the stranger. Either Henry is wrong or he has been hiding in the bushes in Storybrook….

    Comment by Deena – January 16, 2012 11:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I watched Once Upon a Time, The Simpsons, and Desperate Housewives. Ignored the Globes.

    Comment by Snapy – January 16, 2012 11:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I watched Once Upon A Time and Downton Abbey. I didn’t care who won the Golden Globes.

      Comment by maggie – January 16, 2012 12:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Thanks, Matt. I know you’re dedicated to keeping us posted :)

    Comment by Alicia – January 16, 2012 02:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Good Wife has been really up and down this season. Stupid CBS.

    Comment by nikki – January 16, 2012 02:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Bye Pan Am, so sad so sad

    Comment by fernando – January 16, 2012 06:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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