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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon., Dec. 6) -- sing-song faceoff

Two new made-for-TV songfests squared off in the first two hours of Monday's prime-time, with each hitting some high notes.

Fox's inaugural American Country Music Awards, in which viewers pick the winners, outdrew the Season 2 premiere of NBC's a capella-fused The Sing-Off by a score of 221,622 to 159,291 D-FW total viewers from 7 to 9 p.m.

But Sing-Off carried the tune with advertiser-craved 18-to-49-year-olds, luring 82,265 viewers in this age range to Country Music's 55,940.

Neither extravaganza could outdraw CBS' new episode of Two and a Half Men, which had the most viewers in both measurements from 8 to 8:30 p.m. But ESPN's Monday Night Football, in which the Patriots splattered the Jets, was the overall winner with 318,582 total viewers.

On TNT, the 9 p.m. Season 2 premiere of the critically praised Men of a Certain Age had 69,257 viewers, falling off dramatically from 145,440 viewers for the network's preceding The Closer.

NBC's 9 p.m. new episode of the made-in-Dallas Chase sniffed ratings fumes with fourth place finishes in both measurements among the Big Four broadcast networks.

In local news derby results, WFAA8 scored twin wins at 10 p.m. in total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming on most stations.

Fox4 likewise swept the 6 a.m. Nielsens and added a doubleheader win at 6 p.m. The 5 p.m. golds went to WFAA8 in total viewers and Fox4 in the 25-to-54 demographic.