Sunday’s schedule and ratings ended up all over the place due to football overruns and the networks’ breaking in to their primetime programming on the East Coast to show President Barack Obama’s speech to the interfaith memorial service for the victims of the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Having said that, a $1 million winner was declared last night on the season finale of CBS’ Survivor: Philippines (3.2/8). Sunday’s finale was down 20% from the 4.0/10 of the December 18, 2011 finale. However, even with Sunday’s patchwork schedule, last night’s Survivor finale was up compared with the 2.9/8 on its Spring finale on May 13, 2012. On the Reunion special that followed the season finale last night, host Jeff Probst began the show with a moment of silence for the victims in Newtown. The Reunion special was broadcast entirely out of primetime on the East Coast, starting at 11 PM. NBC broke in with the President’s speech during its NFL Football (15.2/24) game between the San Francisco 49ers and the New England Patriots. The network kicked the game over to NBC Sports Network and CNBC while Obama spoke. Still, yesterday’s game was up from last week’s 13.6/21 in time-zone adjusted metered-markets. The fast-affiliate ratings are not time zone-adjusted and are likely subject to change later in the day. With 16.957 million watching, CBS won the night in terms of overall viewers while NBC was tops among the 18-49.
After repeats of America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.4/4) and Wipeout (1.2/3), which was broken into for President’s speech, ABC’s special The Bachelorette: Ashley and J.P.’s Wedding (0.9/2) was a weak draw for the network. The two-hour special pulled in at most 3.69 million viewers in its last half hour. Over on Fox, the network’s Sunday animation block also saw football overruns and changes due to the shooting in Newtown – and not just because of Obama’s speech. Both Family Guy and American Dad saw holiday themed episodes replaced by repeats due to content sensitivity related to the shooting. With football eating into its slot, The Cleveland Show (1.3/4) repeat started the night. That was followed by a new episode of The Cleveland Show (1.4/4), which was down 13% from two weeks back. The Simpsons (1.9/5) was down 44% from last week’s show and its NFL lead-in. Interrupted by the President’s speech, Bob’s Burgers (1.2/3) then spilled over into The Family Guy (1.6/4) and American Dad (1.6/4 & 1.5/4) repeats that closed out Fox’s primetime.
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