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Ratings: ‘Simpsons’ Live Episode Grabs 330,000 More Viewers Than Last Week’s Show

It wasn’t quite animation domination from a Nielsen standpoint, but not bad

Homer going live on Sunday’s “Simpsons” boosted ratings by 9 percent, week over week. From a total TV audience standpoint, last night’s half hour grew by 330,000 overall viewers, hitting 2.8 million with some favorable rounding.

So, not a big bump, really, but Fox — currently third in the key 18-49 demographic and fourth among overall eyeballs — will take it.

The voice behind Homer, Dan Castellaneta, performed three minutes of live animated improv last night to close out an all-new episode. Read about how it went here.

Sporting an all-finale line-up, ABC finished first in ratings with a 1.1 rating/10 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic but third in total viewers with an average of 3.8 million, according to preliminary numbers. The two-hour “Once Upon a Time” finale at 7 p.m. ET had a 1.2/4 and 4.1 million total viewers. At 9, “The Family” finale got a 0.8/3 and 3.2 million viewers. The “Quantico” season ender at 10 received a 1.0/3 and 3.7 million viewers.

CBS and Fox tied for second in ratings, both with a 0.9/3. CBS was first in total viewers with 7.7 million, Fox was fourth with 2.1 million.

For CBS, “60 Minutes” at 7 p.m. ET had a 1.0/4 and 10.7 million viewers. A second episode at 8 got a 1.0/3 and 9.5 million viewers. “Undercover Boss” at 9 received a 0.9/3 and 5.8 million viewers. A rerun followed.

For Fox, “Bordertown” at 7 p.m. ET managed a 0.5/2 and 1.3 million viewers. Following a repeat, the semi-live “Simpsons” aired at 8, landing a 1.2/4 and that aforementioned 2.8 million viewers. “Bob’s Burgers” at 8:30 had a 1.0/3 and 2.3 million viewers. At 9, “Family Guy” got a 1.3/4 and 2.9 million viewers. The “Last Man on Earth” finale at 9:30 received a 0.9/3 and 2.2 million viewers.

NBC and Univision tied for fourth in ratings, both with a 0.8/3. NBC was second in total viewers with 4.4 million, Univision was fifth with 1.9 million.

For NBC, “Dateline: On Assignment” at 7 p.m. ET had a 0.7/3 and 4.2 million viewers. Following a rerun, “The Carmichael Show” at 9 got a 0.8/3 and 4.1 million viewers. At 9:30, “Crowded” received a 0.7/2 and 3 million viewers. “Dateline NBC” at 10 posted a 0.9/3 and 4.2 million viewers.

Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.4/1 and in viewers with 1.2 million.