As the Upfronts prepared to kick off in New York, the networks wrapped up several of their shows for the season on Sunday night. On CBS, they had a winner on Survivor: Caramoan (2.6/8) as the reality series ended its 26th season. After a finale puzzle challenge, it was down to the three finalists, running to about 10:09 PM when the winner was announced. The highest-rated broadcast of the night, the live two-hour plus show, which has usually run on Wednesdays this season, was even with its May 8 airing. However Survivor was down 19% from its Season 25 finale on December 16, 2012 and down 10% from it last Spring season finale on May 13, 2012. Immediately after the season finale, a special live Reunion Show (2.2/6) with all the contestants from both the Fan and the Favorites tribes aired. Last night’s Reunion Show bopped up 5% from last season’s version but was down a slight 4% from its Season 24 show last spring. As is common with live shows like this, expect an adjustment in the final numbers later today. The network actually had more than Survivor on last night. The most watched show of the night with 10.12 million viewers, 60 Minutes (1.5/6) started things off at 7 PM. The news magazine show was up a solid 25% from last week. With the 60 Minutes and Survivor combo, CBS won the night in total viewers and among Adults 18-49.
The recently renewed Revenge (1.6/4) ended its second season on Sunday. The two-hour episode of the high society drama was down 11% from its May 5 show and down a hard 33% from its freshman season finale on May 23, 2012. Before Revenge, Once Upon A Time (2.2/7) had its season finale too. While flat with last week’s show OUAT was also down 33% from the end of its last season on May 5, 2012. America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.4/5) started ABC’s Sunday primetime and slipped 7% from last week’s show.
Fox’s Sunday animation block had finales from both Bob’s Burgers (1.6/5) andAmerican Dad (1.9/5) last night. The former ended its third season down both one-tenth from last week and from last year’s finale on May 20, 2012. The Seth MacFarlane-produced latter ended its ninth season down 17% from its May 5 show, where it aired out of primetime due to earlier NASCAR overruns, and down one-tenth from its season 8 finale on May 13, 2012. Earlier in the night, Fox had a special The Cleveland Show (0.8/3) at 7 PM that was down 33% from the show’s last original two weeks ago. There was a regularly scheduled The Cleveland Show (1.0/4) at 7:30 that fell 17% from its last original on April 28. The 8 PM The Simpsons (1.9/6) was even with last week while the 9 PM Family Guy (2.4/7) was up 9% from its May 5 show.
NBC was all reality again on Sunday. A two-hour encore of The Voice (1.0/3) was followed by a new two-hour All-Star Celebrity Apprentice (1.3/3). Heading towards next week’s season finale, the Donald Trump-hosted series hit a season low last night as it saw former winner Joan Rivers return to advise and country singer Trace Adkins and magician Penn Jillette make it as the final two contestants.
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