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Football ratings setback Sunday for NBC

CBS scores slight edge

Thanks to an NFL overrun and the season finale of “Survivor,” CBS had an edge in Sunday’s preliminary primetime ratings over NBC, which had a lackluster “Sunday Night Football” game as a counter.

The Nielsen numbers were subject to revision, which could temper the effect that the 8.0 rating and 23 share (26.9 million viewers overall) that CBS had for its first halfhour in primetime.

The Eye followed with “60 Minutes” (4.4/12, 18.8 million) and then a two-hour “Survivor” (4.0/10, 13.1 million), with a separate “Survivor” reunion special (3.2/8, 10.2 million) as a postscript.

The one-sided game between Baltimore and San Diego came in at 5.2/13, 13.8 million for NBC, compared with 8.5/20, 22.5 million in preliminary numbers the previous Sunday for the Dallas Cowboys against the New York Giants. “Football Night in America” (2.9/8, 8.4 million) preceded the game.

Fox ran a night of animation, all repeats except for the 8:30 season finale of “Allen Gregory” (1.5/4, 3.3 million). “American Dad” and “The Cleveland Show” had similar numbers at 7 and 7:30 p.m. “The Simpsons” (2.2/6, 5.0 million) and “Family Guy” (2.1/5, 4.5 million) performed better.

ABC was the network laggard in 18-49 with “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (1.5/4, 6.5 million), “Once Upon a Time” (1.2/3, 4.4 million) and “The Santa Clause 3” (1.3/3, 4.1 million).

Preliminary 18-49 averages: CBS 4.5/11, NBC 4.3/11, Fox 1/8/5, ABC 1.3/3, Univision 0.7/2.

In total viewers: CBS 15.9 million, NBC 11.8 million, ABC 4.8 million, Fox 4.2 million, Univision 1.8 million

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