Ratings: ‘Sunday Night Football’ Rolls, ‘Revenge’ Revs Up in Fall Finale

With AMC’s “The Walking Dead” out of the way, NBC dominated Sunday’s ratings race with its “Sunday Night Football” matchup between the New England Patriots and San Diego Chargers, while of note on the entertainment side was an uptick for ABC’s “Revenge” in its final episode of the year.

In Nielsen’s metered-market overnights, the Patriots’ 23-14 victory averaged a 13.9 household rating/22 share — up 9% vs. the Week 14 matchup of a year ago (12.7/20 for Carolina-New Orleans) and the second best “SNF” overnight in the last seven weeks. It’s also the highest-rated primetime game featuring the Chargers in 18 years (since a Detroit-San Diego “Monday Night Football” game on ABC in 1996).

The game netted earned a 41.2 household rating/56 share in Boston and a 36.5/56 in San Diego.

And in Nielsen’s fast nationals, it averaged a 6.1 rating/16 share in adults 18-49 and 18.2 million viewers overall on NBC’s stations from 8:30 to 11 p.m., with these numbers expected to rise in the vicinity of 15% in the nationals.

Fox benefited from an NFL overrun, which helped lift “The Simpsons” (2.8/ 6.4 million viewers overall) above its most recent original, and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (2.1/6 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall) logging its second best rating in its last six firstrun episodes. “Family Guy” was back in original (2.2/6 in 4.3 million viewers overall) and was the top non-sports telecast in 18-49 for its half-hour, and “Bob’s Burgers” (1.6/4 in 18-49, 3.2 million viewers overall) was just a tick off its season high.

At ABC, “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 6.0 million viewers overall) was in line with last week, while “Once Upon a Time” (2.0/5 in 18-49, 6.1 million viewers overall) was down a tick to its season low. “Resurrection” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall) was up a tenth from last week, and “Revenge” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 7.9 million viewers overall) bounced back two tenths from its low of last week and tied with CBS’ “CSI” in 18-49 for the 10 o’clock hour.

This was the fall finale for ABC’s “Resurrection” and “Revenge,” which return Jan. 4. “Once Upon a Time” has its fall finale next week.

The preliminary numbers for CBS are subject to revision due to a roughly 17-minute NFL overrun in some markets across the country, but “60 Minutes” (1.7 rating/5 share in adults 18-49, 11.8 million viewers overall) figures to emerge as the night’s most-watched non-sports program. It was followed by an “I Love Lucy” holiday special (1.4/4 in 18-49, 9.4 million viewers overall), “The Mentalist” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 8.6 million viewers overall) and “CSI” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 7.9 million viewers overall). If it holds at this number, “The Mentalist” would be down a steep 31% (0.5) from its week-earlier season premiere.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 5.0/14; Fox, 3.3/9; ABC and CBS, 1.4/4; Univision, 1.0/3; Telemundo, 0.4/1.

In total viewers: NBC, 15.2 million; CBS, 9.4 million; Fox, 8.4 million; ABC, 5.1 million; Univision, 2.6 million; Telemundo, 1.0 million

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