UPDATE: In time zone-adjusted ratings, Sunday’s special episode of “Scorpion” on CBS (10:28 p.m. ET start) averaged a 3.2 rating in adults 18-49 and 12.29 million viewers overall. This matched the show’s series premiere as its top-rated episode in the demo and was on par with its most recent original episode in total viewers (12.32 million on Jan. 5), which was the rookie’s largest audience since its second episode on Sept. 29.


CBS dominated Sunday’s primetime ratings race behind its NFL conference championship and a special “Scorpion,” though the blowout nature of the game kept the numbers from getting even bigger.

In Nielsen’s preliminary, affiliated-based national estimates for Sunday, the New England Patriots’ 45-7 demolition of the Indianapolis Colts averaged a 12.3 rating/32 share in adults 18-49 and 37.3 million viewers overall on the CBS stations from 7 to 10 p.m.; while these numbers will go up in the nationals, it won’t be enough to match last year’s  monster 19.0 demo rating and 55.9 million viewers overall for the down-to-the-wire Seattle-San Francisco match-up in the same window.

Similarly, “Scorpion” won’t be able to equal last year’s post-conference championship game on Fox, “The Following,” which did a 4.4 rating in 18-49. In the 10:30 p.m. half-hour on CBS stations, “Scorpion” averaged a 3.0 rating in 18-49 and 10.7 million viewers overall, and it’s likely to be adjusted up to a series high in the nationals (surpassing the 3.2 it did for its series premiere).

CBS ordered special time zone-adjusted nationals for “Scorpion,” which will be released later today.

There was little else going on primetime Sunday, with Fox placing second in 18-49 thanks in large part to the end of its NFC Championship game ending about 15 minutes before the start of primetime in the East. That inflated the rating for an original episode of “Mulaney” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall), whose preliminary numbers could include some post-game coverage of the Seahawks’ overtime victory over the Packers. “Mulaney” was followed by encores of “The Simpsons” at both 7:30 (1.0/3 in 18-49, 2.6 million viewers overall) and 8 (1.2/3 in 18-49, 3.1 million viewers overall), “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (0.9/2 in 18-49, 2.3 million viewers overall), “Family Guy” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 2.5 million viewers overall) and “Bob’s Burgers” (1.0/2 in 18-49, 2.4 million viewers overall).

NBC, which will broadcast the Super Bowl on Feb. 1, last night aired “Dateline” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall) and the feature film “Bridesmaids” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.3 million viewers overall).

“Bridesmaids” did enough to beat out ABC’s firstrun lineup of “Galavant” (0.9/2 in 18-49, 3.4 million viewers overall), “Resurrection” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 3.2 million viewers overall) and “Revenge” (0.9/2 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall). The Alphabet started with “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 4.8 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 10.3/27; Fox and Univision, 1.1/3; NBC, 0.9/2; ABC, 0.8/2; Telemundo, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 31.6 million; ABC, 3.8 million; NBC, 3.6 million; Fox, 2.9 million; Univision, 2.8 million; Telemundo, 0.7 million.