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Ratings: Football, Oprah, and Tiger help to make the season bright

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Football ruled the weekend ratings this December weekend, with overrun from an early Sunday evening game giving CBS’ primetime lineup a boost (thus all numbers below for the Eye net are approximate) and NBC taking the night with the Philadelphia-New York matchup’s 18.1 million viewers, according to early Nielsen estimates. Oprah, meanwhile, gave ABC a nice little holiday present with her Christmas at the White House special building a bit on its Extreme Makeover: Home Edition lead-in and improving on last week’s numbers in the same timeslot for Brothers & Sisters by almost a million viewers. Earlier in the weekend, NBC garnered a rare Friday victory as well with a Law & Order featuring the guest-star return of Benjamin Bratt (8.8 million viewers) and a Dateline about the Tiger Woods scandal (9.3 million).

Here, a look at Sunday’s numbers:

Time Show Viewers (in millions)
7 p.m. NFL overrun (CBS)

America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC)

Football Night in America (NBC)

Brothers (Fox)

22.3

8.7

8.6

3.4

7:30 p.m. 60 Minutes (CBS)

Brothers (Fox)

16.7

2.8

8 p.m. Sunday Night Football (NBC)

The Mentalist (CBS)

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (ABC)

The Simpsons (Fox)

18.1

10.8 (repeat)

10.3

7.1

8:30 p.m. The Cleveland Show (Fox) 6.5
9 p.m. Cold Case (CBS)

Family Guy (Fox)

9.9

7.7

9:30 p.m. American Dad (Fox) 6.2
10 p.m. Christmas at the White House (ABC)

Criminal Minds (CBS)

11.8

8.9 (repeat)

Source: Nielsen Media

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