Ricky Gervais gave NBC a respectable non-football audience Sunday night, but the Golden Globes nevertheless declined by 3 million viewers compared to last year.
NBC easily won three out of four of Sunday night’s prime-time hours — 8-11 p.m. (7-10c) — for the three-hour “Golden Globe Awards” that started at 8. The telecast averaged 14 million viewers, down from 17 million a year earlier, according to Nielsen overnights.
But Sunday night comprises four prime-time hours and the true viewership winner for the evening was Fox, based mainly on the final hour — 7-8 p.m. (6-7c) — of the Giants-Packers playoff game. Fox’s audience amounted to 40.084 million for that hour, enabling Fox to win the night with a four-hour average of 20.173 million, even though its animated shows didn’t draw nearly those numbers.
That isn’t to say the animated shows didn’t benefit from that football lead-in, however — particularly “The Simpsons,” which had 15.703 million viewers at 8/7c.
In other ratings highlights Sunday night:
Ratings declined for Fox’s animation block as the night wore, including two episodes of the new “Napoleon Dynamite” separated by a “Family Guy.” The rundown: “Napoleon” at 8:30/7:30c, 9.512 million viewers; “Family Guy” at 9/8c, 8.503 million; “Napoleon” at 9:30/8:30c, 7.151 million.
CBS’ best hour for the night was 8-9 p.m. with “Undercover Boss,” which drew 11.561 million viewers.
ABC came in dead last with 6.684 million viewers, on average, for the night, including: “Once Upon a Time” at 8, 9.839 million; “Desperate Housewives” at 9, 7.834 million; and the fast-fading “Pan Am” at 10, 3.927 million.