'Family Guy' ratings up as Brian returns

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First we predicted Brian wasn’t going to stay dead. Then we told you Family Guy‘s pooch was, indeed, coming back this week. Now Fox’s long-running hit gave fans what they wanted (and expected) for Christmas — the resurrection of Brian. Creator Seth MacFarlane then took to Twitter to seemingly chide fans for taking the narrative of his animated show semi-seriously (“I mean, you didn’t really think we’d kill off Brian, did you? Jesus, we’d have to be f–king high.”)

At any rate, the canine’s return coincided with the show’s ratings rising 11 percent: Sunday’s Family Guy had 6.3 million viewers and a 3.0 rating among adults 18-49, beating everything last night except football and The Simpsons (which had an NFL overrun lead-in). Tough to say the ratings were because of the doggy comeback, however, since the rest of Fox’s animated lineup also climbed this week, and moreso than Family Guy.

Over on ABC, the Once Upon a Time winter finale continued the show’s ratings slump, down 14 percent from last week, yet tantalizingly announced the addition of The Wicked Witch of the West for midseason. CBS’ early Survivor finale ratings are mucked up by sports overruns and are subject to change, though this looks pretty low for a Survivor finale and such schedule shifts typically only suggest the numbers could go even lower. Full ratings chart (hey, Betrayal is still on!):

NET/TIME/SNOW  18-49 RATING  TOTAL VIEWERS (+000)
FOX 7:00P NFL OVERRUN 6.9 21,376
7:30P NFL OVERRUN/THE OT 6.5 19,498
8:00P SIMPSONS- 3.5 8,383
8:30P BOBS BURGR- 2.4 5,530
9:00P FAMILY GUY- 3.0 6,267
9:30P AMERCN DAD- 2.4 4,938
ABC 7-8P AMR-VIDEOS- 1.4 6,646
8-9P ONCE-TIME- 1.9 6,423
9-10P REVENGE- 1.5 6,140
10-11P BETRAYAL- 0.8 3,685
CBS 7-8P 60 MINUTES- 1.7 10,611
8-10P SURVIVOR FINALE- S 2.5 10,167
10-11P SURVR REUNION- S 1.9 7,704
NBC 7:00P FTBL-P1SUS- 1.6 5,394
7:30P FTBL NT-P2- 2.1 6,724
8:00P FTBL NT-P3- 4.0 12,655
830-11P (BENGL&STLRS) 4.9 14,559

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