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.
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
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.
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.