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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs., Dec. 2) -- CBS repeats roll against rivals' new stuff

CBS received a nice early Christmas gift Thursday night, when its sitcom and crime drama repeats ran first in total D-FW viewers against mostly all-new lineups on ABC, NBC and Fox.

In the 7 p.m. hour, CBS' The Big Bang Theory and $#*! My Dad Says whipped Fox's runnerup first-run episode of Bones, with ABC's annual reprise of Santa Claus is Comin' to Town pulling in third.

CBS'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and a new episode of ABC's Grey's Anatomy tied for first at 8 p.m. before CBS' The Mentalist easily prevailed over ABC's first-run Private Practice. New episodes of NBC's four Thursday night comedies and The Apprentice ran fourth all night among the Big Four broadcast networks, with The CW's The Vampire Diaries also beating the Peacock's Community and 30 Rock from 7 to 8 p.m.

Over on TNT, LeBron James' return to Cleveland averaged 131,588 total viewers, which also was good enough to beat everything on NBC except The Office from 8 to 8:30 p.m.

CBS as usual slipped with 18-to-49-year-olds, winning only from 7 to 7:30 p.m. with Big Bang. The second half of Santa Claus prevailed over William Shatner's excrement in the 7:30 p.m. slot before Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice ran first from 8 to 10 p.m.

WFAA8 topped the 10 p.m. local news derby results in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming on most stations. But its margin over NBC5 was a negligible one-hundredth of a rating point in the 25-to-54 demographic.

Fox4 won at 6 a.m. and 5 and 6 p.m. among 25-to-54-year-olds. In the total viewer Nielsens for those time slots, Fox4 and NBC5 tied for the top at 6 a.m., CBS11 ran first at 5 p.m. and WFAA8 had the 6 p.m. gold.