Football lifts CBS and Fox for the week


Fox rode the college football title game to an adults 18-49 victory, while CBS won the week in viewership thanks to big ratings for Saturday night's AFC divisional playoff game.

CBS had its best Saturday night performance since 1994 with the New England Patriots-Jacksonville Jaguars AFC divisional playoff game. It scored 30.1 million viewers and an 11.5/32 in adults 18-49. Fox got a big boost early in the week with the LSU-Ohio State BCS title game, which averaged 23.1 million viewers and an 8.2 rating/21 share in adults 18-49, Nielsen Media Research said. But that big number didn't stop NBC's "American Gladiators" (9.3 million, 4.8/12) from shining, though ABC's "Dance War" (11 million, 3.0/7) didn't have the same traction in the demographic. NBC's "Medium" (9.6 million, 3.3/8) won at 10 p.m. in its season premiere.

Tuesday went to NBC with the ascendant "The Biggest Loser 5" (10.1 million, 4.3/11) and a new episode of "Law & Order: SVU" (15.1 million, 5.1/14). On Wednesday, NBC edged out CBS and ABC for the top in adults 18-49 thanks to "Deal or No Deal" (13.5 million, 3.6/10). Particularly strong that night was ABC's "Supernanny" (8.9 million, 3.6/9), which came within striking distance in the demo of time-period winner "Criminal Minds" (14.3 million, 3.8/10).

ABC came roaring back Thursday thanks to a new episode of "Grey's Anatomy" (17.7 million, 7.1/17), though "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (18.2 million, 5.0/12) beat it head-to-head in viewership. Friday belonged to CBS with its drama lineup, anchored by "Ghost Whisperer" (9.9 million, 2.8/9).

Fox (12.9 million, 4.7/12) won the week in adults 18-49, while CBS (13.3 million, 3.9/10) won in viewership over ABC (7.6 million, 2.6/7), NBC (8 million, 2.7/7) and the CW (2.4 million, 0.9/2).