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TV Ratings: Sunday Night Football Lifts, 'Bachelorette' Wedding Fizzles

The 49ers victory over the Patriots dominates the night for NBC, while CBS gets a strong second with boosts from NFL overrun.

New England Patriots San Francisco 49ers 12/16 - H 2012
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NFL overage and pre-emptions from President Obama's Newtown address make Sunday's early returns subject to change, though NBC gets a decisive win with the San Francisco 49ers and the New England Patriots.

The network's coverage of Sunday Night Football pulled a 7.6 rating among adults 18-to-49, up 10 percent compared with last week's fast national number and just two tenths of a point shy of the final. Football Night in America averaged a 3.8 adults rating over its 90-minute broadcast, giving the network an average 6.2 adults rating and 16.7 million viewers.

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CBS' primetime block was delayed by nearly an hour's worth of NFL overrun, with 60 Minutes (abbreviated by the Newtown address) pulling a 4.6 adults rating when it finally aired near 8 p.m. The Survivor finale, while down from last fall's ender, was up three tenths of a point from the penultimate episode to a 3.2 rating. Before adjustments, the network averaged a 4.9 rating and 16.96 million viewers.

Overrun bled into an encore of Fox's Cleveland Show, before an original (1.4) was down two tenths of a point from its last original. The Simpsons (1.9) fell 44 percent without an NFL lead, while an original episode of Bob's Burgers (1.2/1.6 rating) was broken up by the Newtown address. The network averaged a 1.5 rating and 3.4 million viewers.

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After encores of America's Funniest Home Videos and Wipeout, ABC's Bachelorette: Ashley & JP's Wedding pulled just a 0.9 adults rating. The network averaged a 1.1 in the demo and 4.2 million viewers.

Univision averaged a 1.2 rating in adults 18-to-49.