Sunday’s AFC Championship Game, in which the New England Patriots spanked the Indianapolis Colts 45-7, was obviously the biggest thing in primetime — though the lopsided victory saw steep year-to-year drops from the comparable NFC Championship last January. That still offered a lofty lead-in for a special Scorpion, which matched a series best among adults 18-49. With adjustments, the final score for the drama is a 3.2 rating with adults 18-49 and 12.3 million viewers.
The fall finale of NBC’s The Blacklist scored the new drama’s best rating since its season premiere. Last night’s show averaged a 3.5 adults 18-49 rating, up 17% over last week. It tied with lead-in The Voice as the No. 1 program of the night on broadcast, marking the first time that Blacklist has held 100% of Voice’s lead-in. The half-point week-to-week gain was the best for any new drama on broadcast this season.