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Ratings: ‘Amazing Race’ Finale Slides as NBC Wins With Football

"Amazing Race" season send-off drops 21 percent from last year, tying a low for finales

The season finale of CBS's "The Amazing Race" slid 21 percent from last year's send-off to tie the show's previous low for a finale, while NBC took an expected win on the strength of "Sunday Night Football," according to preliminary numbers.

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While NBC's numbers are approximate due to the nature of live sports, the network holds a commanding first place in the 18-49 demographic most important to advertisers with a 5.7 rating/14 share and in total viewers with 15.9 million total viewers. Following three consecutive episodes of "Football Night in America" from 7 to 8:30 p.m., which drew a 2.3/6, 3.3/9 and 5.4/13, the game between Green Bay and Detroit inched up from last week's "Sunday Night Football" at 8:30, posting a 6.9/17 and 18.9 million total viewers. It was by far the night's best-rated and program and most-watched overall.

Fox drew second place in ratings and third in total viewers with a 3.5/9 and 8.5 million. NFL overrun from 7 to 7:30 had a 6.1/17 with 17.3 million total viewers, while overrun combined with "The O.T" at 7:30 had a 4.3/11 with 11.6 million total viewers. "The Simpsons at 8 inched up from its last original airing two weeks ago for a 3.4/9 and had 7.5 million total viewers. "Bob's Burgers" at 8:30 jumped 17 percent to a 2.1/5 and took 4.6 million total viewers, while "Family Guy" at 9 had a 2.8/7 with 5.6 million total viewers. "American Dad" at 9:30 drew a 2.2/5 with 4.7 million total viewers.

CBS came in third in ratings and second in total viewers with a 2.2/5 and 9.6 million. "60 Minutes" at 7 posted a 19/5 with 11.8 million total viewers, while the "Amazing Race" season finale the following hour dropped to a 2.6/6 with 9.3 million total viewers. "The Mentalist" at 10 dropped 11 percent from its last original two weeks ago for a 1.6/4 and had 7.9 million total viewers.

ABC came in fourth in ratings and total viewers with a 1.6/4 and 6.8 million. "America's Funniest Home Videos" at 7 slid 13 percent for a 1.4/4 with 6.5 million total viewers. The special "Disney's Prep & Landing" the following hour had a 1.4/3, a 27 percent increase over last year's special, and had 4.9 million total viewers. "Disney's Prep & Landing 2: Naughty vs. Nice" at 8:30 also drew a 1.4/3 and took 4.8 million total viewers, while the movie "Christmas With Holly" at 9 took a 1.8/4 with 7.7 million total viewers.