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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon., Jan. 7) -- numbers hold up for lopsided college football championship game

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The latest college football championship game ended up being nowhere near as competitive as last year’s overtime thriller. But maybe a good number of viewers enjoyed seeing perennial top dog Alabama getting spanked hard in a result that no one saw coming.

Clemson’s 44-16 rout of the Crimson Tide, which ran until 10:44 p.m. on ESPN, averaged 667,784 total D-FW viewers and 295,882 in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old demographic.

The number of total viewers Monday night fell a bit from the 2018 haul of 712,210 for Bama’s comeback 26-23 overtime win over Georgia. But this was offset by the smaller crowd of 18-to-49ers (283,957) for that game.

Clemson’s pulsating 2017 win over Alabama -- 35-31 in the final second of play -- drew fewer eyeballs in both key ratings measurements. It averaged 647,128 total viewers and 259,775 within the 18-to-49 realm.

Elsewhere Monday night, NBC’s two-hour launch of America’s Got Talent: The Champions ranked as the runner-up attraction in total viewers with 246,026. But ABC’s three-hour season premiere of The Bachelor took the silver with 18-to-49-year-olds, edging AGT by a score of 66,422 to 63,403.

Here are Monday’s local news derby results.

CBS11 ran first at 10 p.m. in total viewers while Fox4 was tops with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 also swept the 6 a.m. races and added 5 and 6 p.m. wins among 25-to-54-year-olds.

NBC5 had the most total viewers at 5 p.m. and TEGNA8 won in that measurement at 6 p.m.

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