nfc champ ratings 0122 TV ratings: NFC Championship game is huge for FOX but pushes Idol out of primetimeFast national ratings for Sunday, Jan. 22, 2011

The NFC Championship game scored a massive audience for FOX on Sunday, but we’ll have to wait and see how many people stuck around for a special “American Idol” afterward: The overtime contest and post-game report pushed “Idol” out of primetime in most of the country.

Elsewhere, ABC’s lineup was relatively steady with last week, falling by only a small amount against the huge NFL game, while “Undercover Boss” took a somewhat bigger hit in its second week.

Network numbers coming shortly. Sunday hour by hour:

7 p.m.

FOX: NFC Championship – Giants-49ers (55.9 million viewers, 29.2/43 households)
CBS: “60 Minutes” (7.9 million, 5.3/8)
ABC: “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (5.2 million, 2.9/4)
NBC: “Dateline” (4.35 million, 3.1/5)

18-49 leader: NFC Championship (20.5)

8 p.m.

FOX: NFC Championship (48.9 million, 26.1/37)
ABC: “Once Upon a Time” (9.3 million, 5.4/8)
CBS: “Undercover Boss” (9.2 million, 5.8/8)
NBC: “Dateline” (6 million, 4.1/6)

18-49 leader: NFC Championship (18.0)

9 p.m.

FOX: NFC Championship (51.1 million, 27.8/38)
ABC: “Desperate Housewives” (7.5 million, 4.9/7)
CBS: “The Good Wife” rerun (5.6 million, 3.9/5)
NBC: “Prime Suspect” (4.3 million, 2.7/4)

18-49 leader: NFC Championship (19.3)

10 p.m.

FOX: NFC Championship/post-game (44.4 million, 24.4/37)
CBS: “CSI: Miami” rerun (6.2 million, 4.3/7)
ABC: “Pan Am” (3.9 million, 2.7/4)
NBC: “Prime Suspect” (3.6 million, 2.4/4)

18-49 leader: NFC Championship (17.2)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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