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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed.-Thurs., Dec. 9-10) -- Hello, Dolly!

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Bombarded with bad news at home and abroad, TV watchers are showing they want homey, snuggly and happy endings.

CBS scored big again earlier this month with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer before NBC lit up the prime-time ratings with The Wiz Live!. The Peacock struck again Thursday night with the holiday movie Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors. It resoundingly won its 8 to 10 p.m. slot in D-FW with 332,873 viewers.

Only CBS’ new 7 p.m. episode of The Big Bang Theory did better -- and just barely. It drew 347,038 viewers before the second half of NBC’s Michael Buble’s Christmas in Hollywood beat CBS’ competing Life in Pieces by a score of 219,554 viewers to 191,225.

ABC lagged way behind in the 7 p.m. hour, with its new Toy Story at 20: To Infinity and Beyond luring just 49,577 viewers. Fox’s Bones ran third in that slot with 134,566 viewers.

In the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old demographic, Dolly had just enough oomph to win its two hour time period with 50,811 viewers. Buble matched that mark, but the night’s runaway winner as usual was Big Bang (117,501 viewers).

On Wednesday, CBS took the first two hours of prime-time in total viewers with Survivor and Criminal Minds. Fox4’s local news then came up big with a comfortable win at 9 p.m.

Fox4’s news also won its time slot with 18-to-49-year-olds, as did Survivor at 7 p.m. But Fox’s Taraji and Terrence’s White Hot Holidays, which paired the two principal Empire stars, edged Criminal Minds for the 8 p.m. win in this key demographic.

Here are the Wednesday and Thursday local news derby results.

Wednesday -- Fox4 swept the 10 p.m. competitions in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 also notched two more 6 a.m. wins and had the most 25-to-54-year-olds at 6 p.m. NBC5 ran first in total viewers at 6 p.m. and likewise won in that measurement at 5 p.m. The Peacock and Fox4 shared the top spot at 5 p.m. in the 25-to-54 age range.

Thursday -- Fox4 and NBC5 again collected all the golds.

NBC5 won at 10 p.m. in total viewers and Fox4 wore the 25-to-54 crown.

Fox4 continued its long unbroken winning streak at 6 a.m. with another matched pair. NBC5 then swept the 5 p.m. competitions. At 6 p.m., the Peacock had the most total viewers while Fox4 prevailed with 25-to-54-year-olds.

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