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‘Christmas Light Fight,’ ‘Sing-Off’ Finales Top Modest Monday

CBS, Fox go with all repeats; ESPN's 'Monday Night Football' to easily win the night

There weren’t many ratings fireworks on the broadcast networks Monday night, with ABC and NBC faring best with the two-hour conclusions to their limited-run competition series “The Great Christmas Light Fight” and “The Sing-Off,” respectively.

ESPN was expected to crush the competition on the night with its season finale of “Monday Night Football.” The San Francisco 49ers’ 34-24 victory over the Atlanta Falcons scored an overnight household rating of 8.5 — more than double any broadcast program on the night.

ABC’s numbers could be adjusted in the nationals as its preliminary estimates include a preemption in Atlanta for the Falcons’ game. In the Nielsen prelims, “The Great Christmas Light Fight” saw a rise with its finale (1.4/4 in 18-49, 5.3 million viewers overall), matching its premiere score of two weeks ago and beating its ABC and CBS competition in 18-49 for the 9-11 p.m. block. (“Christmas Light Fight” edged out NBC’s “Sing-Off” for 18-49 bragging rights, though the latter could catch or surpass it in the nationals.)

Earlier, the net aired repeats of holiday half-hours “Shrek the Halls” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 4.7 million viewers overall) and “A Chipmunk Christmas” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall).

At NBC, the finale of “The Sing-Off” averaged a preliminary 1.3/4 in 18-49 and 5.2 million viewers overall from 8 to 10 p.m. — down sharply as would be expected from its Monday episode of last week, which aired following “The Voice,” but up from its penultimate episode of the season last Thursday (also an hour, and starting at 8). In its timeslot last night, “Sing-Off” was on par with the deliveries of ABC and CBS in 18-49 and the narrow broadcast leader in total viewers.

This was the first “Sing-Off” season in two years, with its 2011 edition wrapping with a 1.6 rating in 18-49.

Closing the night for NBC was a special, original hour of “Hollywood Game Night” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall).

The CBS station in San Francisco aired the “Monday Night Football” game, so the net’s preliminary numbers (especially in the opening hour of primetime) could be adjusted. The Eye aired repeats of its comedies — “How I Met Your Mother” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 4.7 million viewers overall), “2 Broke Girls” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall), “Mike & Molly” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 5.7 million viewers overall) and “Mom” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall) — followed by a special repeat of Thursday drama “Elementary” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 4.4 million viewers overall).

Fox aired repeats of “Almost Human” (0.5/2 in 18-49, 2.3 million viewers overall) and “Sleepy Hollow” (0.5/1 in 18-49, 2.0 million viewers overall), and CW aired an encore of the special “iHeart Radio Jingle Ball 2013” (0.3/1 in 18-49, 1.0 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 1.3/4; NBC, 1.2/4; CBS, 1.1/4; Univision, 0.9/3; Fox, 0.5/2; Telemundo, 0.4/1; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: ABC, 5.1 million; CBS, 4.9 million; NBC, 4.6 million; Univision, 2.6 million; Fox, 2.2 million; CW and Telemundo, 1.0 million.

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