TV ratings: NFL wins the night with NBC 'Sunday Night Football,' CBS runover

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Fast National ratings for Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013

The NFL continues to help lift networks' ratings through the holiday season. Thanks to a big evening of "Sunday Night Football," NBC won the night. CBS followed behind, largely boosted by its NFL runover.

Meanwhile ABC's rebroadcast of "The Sound of Music" was up year-over-year in total viewing, and according to ABC was the most talked about TV program on social media. FOX held on with its animation block including reruns of "Family Guy," "American Dad" and "Bob's Burgers."

NBC's average for the night was 13.1 million viewers and a 7.9 rating/13 share in households. CBS followed with 10.3 million and a 6.3/10. ABC held on with 6.5 million and a 3.9/7, while FOX was last with 4.0 million and a 2/4/4.

The 18-49 demo followed a similar pattern, with NBC winning with 4.4 and CBS following with 2.1. But FOX's animation lineup earned the network third with 1.6, and ABC closed the night with 1.3.

Sunday hour by hour:

7 p.m.

CBS: NFL runover (21.3 million viewers, 12.4/21 households) 
FOX: "Bob's Burgers" rerun (6.6 million, 4.0/7)/"American Dad" rerun (4.7 million, 2.8/5)
NBC: "Football Night in America" (5.3 million, 3.1/5)
ABC: "The Sound of Music" rerun (4.1 million, 2.7/5) 

18-49 leader: NFL runover (5.5)

8 p.m.

NBC: "Football Night in America" (12.3 million, 7.5/12)/"NBC Sunday Night Football" (16.5 million, 10.1/16)
CBS: "60 Minutes" (11.6 million, 7.2/12)
ABC: "The Sound of Music" rerun (6.2 million, 3.7/6)
FOX: "The Simpsons" reruns - two episodes (3.5 million, 2.1/3)

18-49 leader: "NBC Sunday Night Football" (5.6)

9 p.m.

NBC: "NBC Sunday Night Football" (18.0 million, 10.9/17) 
ABC: "The Sound of Music" rerun (7.6 million, 4.5/7) 
CBS:
"The Good Wife" rerun (5.3 million, 3.5/6) 
FOX: "Family Guy" rerun (3.4 million, 2.0/3)/"Animation Domination" rerun (2.2 million, 1.3/2) 

18-49 leader: "NBC Sunday Night Football" (6.0)

10 p.m.

NBC: "NBC Sunday Night Football" (15.3 million, 9.3/16)
ABC: "The Sound of Music" rerun (7.2 million, 4.4/7)
CBS: "The Mentalist" rerun (4.9 million, 3.4/6) 

18-49 leader: "NBC Sunday Night Football" (5.3)

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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