biggest loser premiere ratings TV Ratings: FOX wins big on Seahawks Redskins NFC Wild Card gameFast National ratings for Sunday, Jan. 6, 2012

Jillian Michaels returned to “The Biggest Loser” and with her came an uptick from the ratings of the previous season’s premiere. The newest edition averaged nearly 6.8 million viewers, as compared to last year‘s premiere average of 6.4 million viewers.

It wasn’t enough for a win for NBC, though. FOX won the night on the back of the NFC Wild Card game between the Seattle Seahawks and Washington Redskins, earning 13.7 million viewers and a 7.8 rating/12 share in households.

CBS was second with 9.7 million, 6.2/9, followed by NBC at 6.4 million and a 4.0/6 and ABC at 5.5 million and a 3.3/5.

FOX also won the 18-49 demographic with a 5.6, more than doubling the second place NBC at a 2.2. ABC was third with a 1.8 and CBS was last with a 1.7.

Sunday hour by hour:

7 p.m.

FOX: NFC Wild Card game/post-game (26.6 million viewers, 14.9/23 households)
CBS: “60 Minutes” (9.5 million, 6.2/9)
NBC: “Dateline” (5.2 million, 3.5/5)
ABC: “Once Upon a Time” rerun (3.4 million, 2.1/3)

18-49 leader: NFC Wild Card (9.8)

8 p.m.

FOX: “The Simpsons” (9.6 million, 5.7/8)/”Bob’s Burgers” (6.5 million, 3.8/6)
ABC: “Once Upon a Time” (9 million, 5.1/8)
CBS: “Person of Interest” rerun (8.4 million, 5.3/8)
NBC: “Dateline” (6.6 million, 4.3/6)

18-49 leader: “The Simpsons” (4.4)

9 p.m.

CBS: “The Good Wife” (9.99 million, 6.5/10)
FOX: “Family Guy” (7.1 million, 4.2/6)/”American Dad” (5.6 million, 3.3/5)
ABC: “Revenge” (7 million, 4.4/7)
NBC: “The Biggest Loser” premiere (6.98 million, 4.1/6)

18-49 leader: “Family Guy” (3.5)

10 p.m.

CBS: “The Mentalist” (10.7 million, 6,8/11)
NBC: “The Biggest Loser” premiere (6.96 million, 4.1/7)
ABC: “Happy Endings” (2.6 million, 1.7/3)/ “Don’t Trust the B-” (2.2 million, 1.4/2)

18-49 leader: “Biggest Loser” (3.0)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers
are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."