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Ratings: ‘Good Wife’ Hits Four-Month High in Finale

There were sluggish ratings all around on the penultimate Sunday of the television season, though ABC’s “Revenge” ended its run on an uptick and CBS’ “The Good Wife” rose to a four-month high as its wrapped its season.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “Revenge” averaged a 1.3 rating/4 share in adults 18-49 and 4.8 million viewers overall in the 10 p.m. hour — up a tick from last week and matching the show’s best result since mid-November. Its demo rating equaled the combined total of timeslot rivals “Battle Creek” on CBS and “American Odyssey” on NBC.

Earlier for ABC, both “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (1.4/6 in 18-49, 5.9 million viewers overall) and the two-hour season finale of “Once Upon a Time” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 5.4 million viewers overall) were on par with last week. With an expected uptick to 1.8 in the nationals, “Once” will have delivered its top rating since March 22 — but down half a ratings point from its year-ago closer (2.3).

ABC was the No. 1 broadcaster on the night in adults 18-49, making it three straight Sundays on top during the November sweep.

At CBS, which dominated the night in total viewers, “60 Minutes” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 8.4 million viewers overall) was up 0.2 in 18-49 from last week, and a second airing at 9 (1.2/4 in 18-49, 8.8 million viewers overall) was also up 0.2 from last week’s season finale of “Madam Secretary.” That boost, and perhaps the lack of “Secrets & Lies” competition, seemed to help “The Good Wife” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 9.2 million viewers overall), which shot up 33% (0.3) from last week and was able to match its year-ago season finale. Closing out the night, “Battle Creek” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 6.4 million viewers overall) was up a tick to match its top rating since March 15.

At Fox, encores of “The Simpsons” (0.5/2 in 18-49, 1.5 million viewers overall) and “Bob’s Burgers” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.5 million viewers overall) led into an original “Simpsons” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 2.8 million viewers overall), which was down a tenth from last week. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” held steady (1.2/4 in 18-49, 2.6 million viewers overall), and was followed by a repeat “Family Guy” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 2.6 million viewers overall) and an original “Bob’s Burgers” at a special time (1.2/3 in 18-49, 2.5 million viewers overall).

NBC’s night started with a golf overrun (1.4 in 18-49 from 7 to 8) and “Dateline” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall), with the newsmagazine on par with its two-hour average of last week. “A.D. The Bible Continues” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall) was down 0.2 to its low, while “American Odyssey” held at its low level (0.5/2 in 18-49, 2.7 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 1.5/5; CBS, 1.1/4; Fox, 1.0/3; NBC, 0.9/3; Univision and Telemundo, 0.5/2.

In total viewers: CBS, 8.2 million; ABC, 5.4 million; NBC, 4.6 million; Fox, 2.2 million; Telemundo, 1.4 million; Univision, 1.3 million.

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