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Ratings: 'The Simpsons,' 'Chuck' up despite football playoffs

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Overrun from the Arizona Cardinals’ overtime victory over the Green Bay Packers Sunday night boosted Fox to its own victory and helped juice the ratings for The Simpsons‘ 20th anniversary show to 12.4 million viewers (up a whopping 43 percent from its last airing), according to early Nielsen estimates. NBC’s special two-hour season premiere of Chuck couldn’t beat ABC’s competing Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters by a long shot, but its 7.5 million viewers marked the struggling spy comedy’s highest ratings since its 3D special the day after the 2009 Super Bowl.

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

60 Minutes (CBS)

America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC)

Dateline: NBC

29.0

9.9

6.9

6.3

8 p.m. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (ABC)

NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)

10.6

7.0 (repeat)

8:30 p.m. The Simpsons 20th Anniversary (Fox) 12.4
9 p.m. Desperate Housewives (ABC)

Cold Case (CBS)

Chuck (NBC)

14.0

10.2

7.5

9:30 p.m. The Cleveland Show (Fox) 8.5
10 p.m. Brothers & Sisters (ABC)

Criminal Minds (CBS)

10.6

9.4 (repeat)

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