Fox's NFC Championship crushes Sunday

Vikings-Saints game attracted 57.9 million total viewers

Fox's coverage of the NFC Championship generated enormous ratings Sunday evening and utterly dominated a weak playing field.

The telecast was seen by a projected 57.9 million viewers and had a 21.3 rating among adults 18-49.

That makes the Vikings/Saints game the biggest event of the season thus far and the most-watched NFC Championship game in Fox's history, up 3% from last year.

Other networks largely stayed out of the way, airing repeats and news specials. The strongest of the bunch by far was ABC's two-hour "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" (7.9 million, 2.4).

Also in ratings: The debut of Syfy's "Battlestar Galactica" spinoff "Caprica" got off to a weak start Friday night, drawing a 1.6 million viewers. That's below the averages for "Battlestar" and "Stargate: Universe" on Fridays, and well below their premieres ("Universe" drew 2.4 million last fall).

Of course, most "Battlestar" fans interested in "Caprica" had probably already seen the first episode, since the pilot has been available on DVD and online. Syfy says that between Hulu, iTunes,, they've received about 2 million viewers pre-premiere. The second episode is always more telling than the first and this time and that goes double for "Caprica."

On Lifetime, its latest movie "The Pregnancy Pact" became the network's top-rate movie among young women in more than 10 years. "Pact" was seen by 5.9 million viewers and generated a 4.3 rating among women 18-34.
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