By Lynette Rice
Updated January 17, 2011 at 05:43 PM EST
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Credit: Paul Drinkwater/NBC

Image Credit: Paul Drinkwater/NBCRicky Gervais may have been deliciously brutal with his jokes, but it wasn’t enough to put NBC in the winner’s circle last night: A mighty football over-run propelled CBS to a first-place finish in adults 18-49 (5.8 rating/15 share) and viewers (20.3 million), according to early estimates. The results are particularly loosey-goosey given the nature of live programming on CBS and NBC, but it looks like the AFC Divisional Playoffs earned a whopping 13.6/35 in primetime, giving significant boosts to 60 Minutes (4.1/10, 17.2 million), Undercover Boss (3.3/8, 13.2 million) and CSI: Miami (2.3/6, 10.3 million). Each 18-49 ratings point equals 1.3 million.

The Golden Globes gave NBC a second place finish for the night in adults 18-49 and viewers (17 million). The three-hour awards telecast averaged a 5.3 rating in adults 18-49 and 17 million viewers, according to time zone-adjusted results. It won its time period among all the key demographics and in viewers.FOX aired Animation Domination originals last night and ranked third among adults 18-49. It came in fourth in viewers (5 million). ABC was fourth in the demo (2.1/5) and third in viewers (7.7 million), with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition earning a 2.0/5 and 7.9 million, followed by Desperate Housewives (3.1/8, 10 million), and Brothers & Sisters (2.1/6, 7.2 million).

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