Demonstrating that nothing -- absolutely nothing -- can beat football on television, ABC's coverage of the BCS championship game between Alabama and Texas Thursday night averaged a whopping 30 million viewers between 8 30 p.m. and 11 00 p.m., peaking in the 9 00 p.m. half-hour with 33.44 million viewers, according to Nielsen overnight figures. None of the other networks even tried to compete, each of them airing repeats (except for NBC, which aired Jay Leno's show live at 10 00 p.m.) Nevertheless, CBS drew respectable numbers with two back-to-back repeats of Csi Crime Scene Investigation, followed by The Mentalist. Meanwhile, final figures for Wednesday night indicated that CBS's coverage of the annual People's Choice Awards, which was hosted by Queen Latifah this year, appeared to be making steady progress since its disastrous ratings plunge two years ago during the writers' strike. Wednesday night's numbers were up 13 percent among younger viewers as the show averaged 10.74 million viewers overall. The awards show took first place in each half hour between 9 00 p.m. and 11 00 p.m. with the exception of the 9 30 p.m. time slot,, peaking in the 10 00 p.m. half hour with 11.78 million. (Somewhat ironically, several of the shows that were nominated for PCAs, fared poorly against the awards telecast itself.)