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Getting a big boost from football, the Survivor: Philippines finale improved on last season's closer on Sunday, while few attended Ashley and JP's Bachelorette wedding.
Survivor scored 11.1 million viewers and a 3.2 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic. While that's better than the spring season's numbers, it was down eight-tenths from last fall's finale. The episode was skewed by football, as well as President Obama's Newtown vigil address, which was carried by all the networks in the 8:30 half-hour.
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NBC topped the night with Sunday Night Football (16.7 million, 6.2) once again. On ABC, The Bachelorette: Ashley and JP's Wedding drew a meek 3.5 million viewers and a 0.9.
Sunday was also a good night for Showtime's season finale, which earned series highs for both Dexter and Homeland. Dexter broke the record for most total viewers for the night for a Showtime original series with 3.43 million viewers. Homeland grabbed 2.7 million viewers for the evening.
CBS: 60 Minutes 17.7 million viewers (4.5 demo rating)
ABC: Wipeout (R) 4 million (1.2)
Fox: The Simpsons 4.4 million (1.9); Bob's Burgers (R) 2.8 million (1.2)
NBC: Sunday Night Football 16.7 million (6.2) [8-11:30 p.m.]
CBS: Survivor 11.1 million viewers (3.2 demo rating) [9-11 p.m.]
ABC: Wipeout (R) / The Bachelorette: Ashley and JP's Wedding 3.5 million (0.9 million) [9-11 p.m.]
Fox: Bob's Burgers (R) 3.2 million (1.6); Family Guy (R) 3.7million (1.5)
Fox: American Dad! (R) 3.7 million (1.5)