10:49am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: Blowout Dampens Championship Sunday, 'Scorpion' Special Still Scores
Sunday's AFC Championship Game, in which the New England Patriots spanked the Indianapolis Colts 45-7, was obviously the biggest thing in primetime — though the lopsided victory saw steep year-to-year drops from the comparable AFC Championship last January.
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Ahead of time zone adjustments, which will no doubt lift the game, CBS averaged a 12.3 rating among adults 18-49 for the three-hour telecast. That's off 35 percent from the comparable showing last year. Total viewership currently puts the game at 37.3 million viewers.
That still offered a lofty lead-in for a special Scorpion, which matched a series best among adults 18-49. With adjustments, the final score for the drama is a 3.2 rating with adults 18-49 and 12.3 million viewers.
Those who dared to air originals in the face of football did not do so hot. Dateline (0.7 adults) was off 46 percent from its last Sunday showing on NBC. ABC saw Galavant (0.9 adults) dropped four-tenths of a point, while Resurrection (0.7 adults) and Revenge (0.8 adults) remained steady and very low.
Fox aired the final episode of Mulaney, which pulled a tentative 1.5 rating in the key demo thanks to football inflation.