"Terminator" earned a 7.6 preliminary rating among adults 18 to 49, overthrowing NBC's "American Gladiators" as the highest-rated new series premiere this season. In fact, according to Fox, the show is the highest-rated scripted broadcast debut in three years.
With Fox's presentation of the NFC playoff game garnering a 14.5 overrun in the 7 p.m. hour, "Terminator" was properly set up to blow away the competition at 8 p.m. Fox's "Family Guy" (5.6) and "American Dad" (4.1) likewise performed well.
The premiere gives Fox a jumpstart on its usual late-winter domination, which typically begins with the launch of "American Idol," scheduled for Tuesday.
On the other end of the Sunday night ratings spectrum, NBC's presentation of the 65th annual Golden Globe Awards as a one-hour "Access Hollywood"-inspired gabfest came in a distant fourth place among the major networks for the 9 p.m. hour (1.7). Critics have been merciless in their appraisals, and the show's rating was on par with last week's prerecorded "People's Choice Awards" on CBS. A two-hour Globes-related "Dateline" (1.1) at 7 p.m. fared even worse. NBC also had an "American Gladiators" repeat at 10 p.m. (1.9).
Occupying the middle ground, ABC came in second with "America's Funniest Home Videos" (2.2), two repeats of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" (3.8 and 5.5) and a new "Brothers & Sisters" (4.2).
In third, CBS aired "60 Minutes" (1.8), "The Amazing Race" (3.7) and part one of its miniseries "Comanche Moon" (3.3). Although the demo rating was modest, CBS noted 15.75 million viewers watched "Comanche," the largest audience for any movie on any network in more than two years.
The CW aired "CW Now" (0.2) and repeats.