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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed.-Thurs., Jan. 2-3) -- a boffo Big Bang

CBS' regular Thursday lineup returned to the living with all new episodes while rival broadcast networks either went with repeats or, in Fox's case, burned off episodes of Howie Mandel's Mobbed.

The Big Bang Theory emerged as the night's big winner, drawing 461,241 D-FW viewers in the 7 p.m. slot before Two and A Half Men (309,789) and Person of Interest (351,094) also cruised to easy wins.

CBS' 9 p.m. entry, Elementary, had 247,831 viewers in falling short of the competing hour of ESPN's Fiesta Bowl matchup between Oregon and Kansas State. The entire game averaged 275,368 viewers.

Against little resistance Wednesday night, ESPN's Sugar Bowl bout between Louisville and Florida was the overall top draw with 213,410 viewers.

Here are the local news derby results:

Wednesday -- CBS11 won at 10 p.m. in total viewers while WFAA8 had the edge among 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

Fox4 swept both the 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. competitions. The 6 p.m. golds went to CBS11 in total viewers and Fox4 with 25-to-54-year-olds.

Thursday - The respective 10 p.m. winners were the same as Wednesday's while Fox4 again ran the table at 6 a.m.

NBC5 broke through with a 5 p.m. sweep; CBS11 topped the 6 p.m. field in total viewers and Fox4 ran first in the 25-to-54 demographic.