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.
The defiant longtime owner of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders was a rebel who embraced Hollywood (and vice-versa) when he moved the team to Los Angeles in 1982. The NFL Hall of Famer had been in failing health with an undisclosed ailment for some time when he died. He was 82. The team won the first and only Super Bowl for Los Angeles in 1984, the city’s Olympic year, the last of three titles that Davis won for the Raiders all told (the others coming in 1976 and 1980). He moved the Raiders back to Oakland in 1995, and LA has been without an NFL team ever since. But Davis will forever be known as the guy who brought Hollywood bright lights and Super Bowl glamour together, even if the party was all too brief. He’ll also be remembered for the battle cry, “Just win baby!” His teams wound up doing quite a bit of that.
BREAKING NEWS: That sound you hear are the networks and cable channels (and fans) breathing a sigh of relief because now it looks like there will be football for the fall TV season after all. That is, if the players approve the new collective-bargaining agreement. Today the National Football League team owners approved a deal that could end the four-month lockout, the first since 1987, and allow the upcoming 2011-2012 season to proceed.