TV ratings: 'Survivor' finale steady Sunday, 'Family Guy' rises with NFL help

survivor-finale-dec-15-13.JPGFast National ratings for Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013

The finale of "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" was about even with the show's finale in the spring, but that was only good for third place in Sunday's ratings. NBC and FOX led the way thanks at least in part to NFL games.

NBC's "Sunday Night Football" was below average, but it still led its three hours of primetime for the network. FOX's animated shows got a big boost from an afternoon NFL game that ate up nearly an hour of primetime, giving "The Simpsons," "Bob's Burgers" and "Family Guy" their best numbers of the season. ABC's "Once Upon a Time" and "Revenge" went the other way, dropping some from last week.

Numbers for NBC, FOX and CBS will all change some with updates for NFL telecasts (CBS primetime started a few minutes late in some markets). As things stand now, though, NBC (12.2 million viewers, 7.5/12 households) leads the way, with FOX (11 million, 6.4/10) in second. CBS took third with 9.7 million viewers and a 5.7/9. ABC (5.7 million, 3.6/6) trailed.

FOX scored a 4.1 rating in adults 18-49, pending NFL updates. NBC was right behind with a 4.0, followed by CBS, 2.2, and ABC, 1.4.

Sunday hour by hour:

7 p.m.

FOX:
NFL runover/"The OT" (20.4 million viewers, 11.8/19 households)
CBS: "60 Minutes" (10.6 million, 6.7/11)
ABC: "America's Funniest Home Videos" (6.65 million, 3.8/6)
NBC: "Football Night in America" (6.1 million, 3.6/6)

18-49 leader: NFL runover/"The OT" (6.7)

8 p.m.

NBC:
"Sunday Night Football" - Steelers/Bengals (14.4 million, 8.6/13)
CBS: "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" finale (10.4 million, 6.0/9)
FOX: "The Simpsons" (8.4 million, 4.9/8)/"Bob's Burgers" (5.5 million, 3.2/5)
ABC: "Once Upon a Time" (6.4 million, 3.8/6)

18-49 leader: "Sunday Night Football" (4.6)

9 p.m.

NBC:
"Sunday Night Football" (15.4 million, 9.4/14)
CBS: "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" finale (9.9 million, 5.6/8)
ABC: "Revenge" (6.1 million, 4.2/6)
FOX: "Family Guy" (6.3 million, 3.8/6)/"American Dad" (4.9 million, 3.0/4)

18-49 leader: "Sunday Night Football" (5.1)

10 p.m.

NBC:
"Sunday Night Football" (13 million, 8.2/14)
CBS: "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" reunion (7.7 million, 4.5/8)
ABC: "Betrayal" (3.7 million, 2.6/4)

18-49 leader: "Sunday Night Football" (4.5)

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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