TV ratings: 'Survivor' finale solid against NFL Sunday

russell-hantz-survivor-320.jpgFast National ratings for Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009

The finale of "Survivor: Samoa" held its own against NBC's NFL game Sunday night, combining with "60 Minutes" to give CBS a narrow ratings win for the evening.

CBS drew 13.3 million viewers and a 7.6 rating/12 share in households in primetime, which at least for the moment tops NBC's 13 million and 7.9/12 (those numbers may rise some in final nationals. FOX, which also got a boost from the NFL, finished third with 10.8 million viewers and a 6.3/10, while ABC (6.3 million, 3.6/6) trailed.

NBC scored a victory among adults 18-49 with a 4.5 rating. FOX was right behind at 4.4, followed by CBS at 3.8. ABC was off the pace at 1.7.

Sunday hour by hour:

7 p.m.

FOX:
NFL overrun/"The OT" (19.6 million viewers, 11.2/19 households)
CBS: "60 Minutes" (13 million, 8.4/14)
ABC: "America's Funniest Home Videos" rerun (7 million, 3.8/6)
NBC: "Football Night in America" (6.3 million, 3.9/6)

18-49 leader: NFL/"The OT" (7.0)

8 p.m.

CBS:
"Survivor: Samoa" finale" (14 million, 7.8/12)
NBC: "Sunday Night Football" - Vikings-Panthers (13.8 million, 8.3/13)
FOX: "The Simpsons" rerun (8.2 million, 4.8/8)/"The Cleveland Show" rerun (5.9 million, 3.5/6)
ABC: Movie - "The Santa Clause 3" (6.7 million, 3.7/6)

18-49 leader:
"Sunday Night Football" (4.7)

9 p.m.

NBC:
"Sunday Night Football" (15.9 million, 9.5/15)
CBS: "Survivor: Samoa" finale (14.2 million, 7.6/12)
ABC: "The Santa Clause 3" (7.4 million, 4.2/6)
FOX: "Family Guy" rerun (6.3 million, 3.7/6)/"American Dad" rerun (5.1 million, 3.2/5)

18-49 leader: "Sunday Night Football" (5.5)

10 p.m.

NBC:
"Sunday Night Football" (16 million, 9.8/16)
CBS: "Survivor: Samoa" reunion show (12.2 million, 6.7/11)
ABC: "Desperate Housewives" rerun (4 million, 2.8/5)

18-49 leader: "Sunday Night Football" (5.9)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change, especially in the case of live telecasts. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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