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December 15, 2008

NBC football soars; CBS concludes 'Survivor'

97270_d7595 Sunday night's two-hour "Survivor: Gabon" finale faced off against one of the most-watched football games of the year and still managed to pull out a solid performance.

"Survivor" was seen by 14.9 million viewers and rated a 4.5 among adults 18-49 and a 10 share (video clip here).

That's down 13% in the demo compared to last fall's 15th "Survivor" season finale and up 2% when matched against the conclusion of last spring's "Micronesia" edition. The finale was delayed about a half hour because of high-rated NFL overrun and was followed by the reunion special (12.4 million, 4.1). Lead-in "60 Minutes" (18.8 million, 4.6) also performed strongly.

CBS came in second for the night overall, with NBC's New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys game (19.6 million, 7.5/17) easily dominating.

Judging by the metered-market overnights, "SNF" was up 39% from the same night last year and marked its most-watched game of the season -- and the second biggest game in the franchise's three seasons on NBC.

Given the nature of live sports and CBS' overrun, ratings for "Survivor" and "Sunday Night Football" are likely to shift in the nationals later today. Competitors opted to stay out of the fracas and aired repeats and movies.


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