'Terminator,' Globes viewers a world apart


UPDATED 11:30 a.m. PT Jan. 14

NEW YORK -- Fox's "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" terminated Sunday night's primetime competition, including NBC's controversial telecast coverage of the Golden Globes.

On a night when before the writers strike NBC was hoping to shine, it was instead Fox's moment to shine. After getting a 37.3 million viewer boost for the last hour of the New York Giants-Dallas Cowboys NFC semifinal, the network scored the highest broadcast TV premiere in viewership and adults 18-49 in at least two years for "Sarah Connor." At least 18.3 million viewers and a sky-high 7.6 rating/18 share in the demo, according to preliminary estimates released Monday by Nielsen Media Research.

Meanwhile, NBC's nonexclusive Golden Globes telecast averaged 5.8 million viewers -- slightly less than the 6 million viewers who tuned in to see the People's Choice Awards last week. It was a far cry from last year's 20 million viewers for the full ceremony, which represented NBC's best Golden Globes numbers since January 2004. NBC came in fourth place by far in the 9 p.m. hour with its own telecast of the winners; E!, TV Guide Channel and CNN showed the actual news conference. Ratings for them will be out later Monday. NBC's two-hour Globe-themed "Dateline" did even worse, averaging 4.4 million viewers and a 1.1/4. It also dragged down NBC's "American Gladiators" (4.7 million, 1.9/5).

The counterprogram winner for the Golden Globes was clearly ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" (13.9 million, 5.5/12), though Fox's "Family Guy" (11.5 million, 5.6/12) got a good bounce from "Sarah Connor." The first of the three-part miniseries "Commanche Moon" (15.7 million, 3.3/8) did well but was beaten in both time periods in adults 18-49.

For the night, Fox (21.9 million, 9.0/21) prevailed over ABC (10.8 million, 3.9/9); CBS (13.1 million, 3.1/7); NBC (4.7 million, 1.4/3); and the CW (1 million, 0.4/1).