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Ratings: Critics’ Choice Awards Rise 18 Percent Over Last Year in Total Viewers

NFL playoff boosts ”The Simpsons“ and ”Bob’s Burgers,“ leads Fox to easy Sunday victory

The 24th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards pulled in ratings that were even with last year’s show in the all-important 18-49 demographic on Sunday — but rose 18 percent in total viewers, according to preliminary numbers.

The year-ago Critics’ Choice Awards had a 0.3 rating and 1.283 million viewers — airing Thursday, Jan. 11 on The CW — while last night’s three-hour broadcast also put up a 0.3, but earned 1.510 million viewers for the younger-skewing network.

Meanwhile, Fox scored an easy Sunday victory in both the key demo and overall eyeballs, thanks to a very strong lead-in from an NFL playoff game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New Orleans Saints, which spilled over by about six minutes into the rest of primetime.

That overrun gave a serious boost to Fox’s Sunday comedy line-up, including a four-year high for “The Simpsons,” which put up a 3.8 in the demo and and 10.2 million viewers, the highest same-day numbers the animated sitcom has seen since a 4.7 and 10.62 million viewers in January 2015, which also came courtesy of an NFL lead-in.

However, due to the nature of live programming, those Fox numbers above — and the ones below — are subject to significant adjustment when time-zone adjusted final figures come in later Monday.

Fox was first in ratings with a 4.8 rating/18 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 14.9 million, according to preliminary numbers. From 7-8 p.m., the end of the Eagles vs. Saints game posted a 10.1/36 and 33.4 million viewers. At 8, “The Simpsons” (with a six-minute spillover from the game) put up a 3.8/14 and 10.2 million viewers. At 8:30, “Bob’s Burgers” earned a 2.2/8 and 5.3 million viewers. “Family Guy” at 9 took a 1.8/7 and 4.2 million viewers. At 9, the “Rel” Season 1 finale got a 1.1/4 and 2.8 million viewers.

ABC was second in ratings with a 1.0/4 and third in viewers with 4.5 million. Following a repeat, “America’s Funniest Home Videos” at 8 received a 1.3/5 and 6.3 million viewers. At 9, “Shark Tank” got a 1.1/4 and 4.3 million viewers. ABC finished primetime with an encore “Shark Tank.”

CBS was third in ratings with a 0.8/3 and second in viewers with 7.6 million. At 7, “60 Minutes” took a 0.7/3 and 8.1 million viewers. At 8, “God Friended Me” posted a 0.9/3 and 8.2 million viewers. “NCIS: LA” at 9 had a 0.9/4 and 8.3 million viewers. At 10, “Madam Secretary” managed a 0.6/3 and 6 million viewers.

NBC was fourth in ratings with a 0.6/2 and in viewers with 2.5 million, filling its primetime block with a telecast of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.”

Univision and Telemundo tied for fifth in ratings, each with a 0.5/2.

Univision was fifth in viewers with 1.6 million.

Telemundo was seventh in viewers with 1.2 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.3/1 and sixth in viewers with 1.5 million, airing the 24th Annual Critics Choice Awards throughout primetime.