TV ratings: Cowboys-Eagles 'Sunday Night Football' finale scores big

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eagles-cowboys-dec-30-13-ratings.jpgFast National ratings for Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013

The last "Sunday Night Football" telecast of the 2013 regular season was a big one for NBC, giving the network huge ratings for the night as the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles played for a spot in the playoffs.

CBS and FOX also got a boost from the NFL with late-afternoon games running into primetime on both networks. On the downside for CBS, its annual broadcast of the Kennedy Center Honors was down from last year, when it aired on a weeknight against less competition.

NBC averaged 19.2 million viewers and a 10.9 rating/17 share in households for the night, almost doubling the total for second-place CBS (9.8 million, 5.9/10). FOX (8.7 million, 4.8/8) came in third; numbers for all three networks are subject to change pending updates for their live NFL broadcasts. ABC finished fourth with 4.2 million viewers and a 2.3/4.

NBC also dominated the adults 18-49 demographic with a 6.5 rating. FOX took second with a 2.9, followed by CBS, 1.8, and ABC, 1.1.

Sunday hour by hour:

7 p.m.

FOX:
NFL runover (18.1 million viewers, 9.8/16 households)
CBS: NFL runover (15.7 million, 9.1/15)
NBC: "Football Night in America" (7.9 million, 4.6/7)
ABC: "America's Funniest Home Videos" rerun (5.8 million, 3.4/5)

18-49 leader: FOX's NFL runover (5.5)

8 p.m.

NBC:
"Sunday Night Football" - Eagles/Cowboys (21.1 million, 11.8/19)
CBS: "60 Minutes" (9.2 million, 5.7/9)
FOX: "The Simpsons" reruns - two episodes (5.1 million, 2.9/5)
ABC: Movie - "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" (3.9 million, 2.1/3)

18-49 leader: "Sunday Night Football" (7.0)

9 p.m.

NBC:
"Sunday Night Football" (24.7 million, 13.8/22)
CBS: Special - "Kennedy Center Honors" (7.1 million, 4.5/7)
ABC: "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" (3.8 million, 2.0/3)
FOX: "Family Guy" rerun (3.8 million, 2.2/3)/"Animation Domination Hi-Def" rerun (2.2 million, 1.3/2)

18-49 leader: "Sunday Night Football" (8.3)

10 p.m.

NBC:
"Sunday Night Football" (23.1 million, 13.4/22)
CBS: "Kennedy Center Honors" (7.1 million, 4.5/7)
ABC: "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" (3.5 million, 1.9/3)

18-49 leader: "Sunday Night Football" (8.0)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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