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Nearly 17 million people watched the three-hour Golden Globes, about the same as last year, according to preliminary Nielsen figures.

The TV/film awards show (8-11 p.m.) would have carried NBC to victory Sunday — a night the network is used to winning by dint of the season's top-rated franchise, Sunday Night Football — if not for the monstrous overrun of 40 million-plus people watching the final quarter of the New York Jets' playoff victory over the New England Patriots on CBS between 7 and 8 p.m.

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60 Minutes kept some 17.3 million viewers at 8, while ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition drew 7.4 million.

Without the benefit of the previous week's huge football overrun, Fox's animated block of shows was down substantially. After getting its highest numbers of the season (12.7 million viewers) at 8 last week, The Simpsons garnered 6.5 million viewers, while Bob's Burgers lured 5.1 million at 8:30 — way down from last week's debut of 9.4 million

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CBS' Undercover Boss (13.3 million viewers) finished second in the 9 o'clock timeslot versus ABC's Desperate Housewives (10.1 million). Meanwhile, Fox's Family Guy and The Cleveland Show — which both saw season highs last week with 9.2 million and 7.3 million, respectively — had 7.1 million and 5.5 million, respectively.

In prime time's final hour Sunday, CSI: Miami lured 10.3 million viewers versus Brothers & Sisters' 7.2 million.

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At 7/6c, the Golden Globes red-carpet preshow on NBC had 7.4 million people watching; a rerun of America's Funniest Home Videos had an audience of 5.3 million, and a Simpsons repeat 2.6 million.