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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., Jan. 5) -- NCIS times two

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CBS rolled into the New Year with the usual Tuesday night double shot of its dominant NCIS franchise before the network’s new Limitless spit everything up.

A new episode of NCIS crushed at 7 p.m. with 417,862 D-FW viewers before a first-run “crossover” edition of NCIS: New Orleans held almost all of that crowd with 403,697 viewers. Limitless then sagged to 155,813 viewers, running third behind NBC’s Chicago Med (212,472) and Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast (198,307).

Among advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds, Fox’s return of New Girl nipped NCIS for first place from 7 to 7:30 p.m. before Mark Harmon and company won from 7:30 to 8 p.m. NCIS: New Orleans ran first for its entire 8 p.m. hour. Fox4’s news and Chicago Med then tied for the lead in the 9 p.m. NCIS: New Orleans was the night’s overall biggest draw in this key demographic with 63,514 viewers.

ABC’s 7:30 p.m. episode of its struggling The Muppets was Tuesday’s low achiever among the Big Four broadcast networks with just 49,577 total viewers. But a solid percentage of them -- 31,757 -- were within the 18-to-49 motherlode. Still, that was the smallest prime-time haul of the night.

Here are Tuesday’s local news derby results.

TEGNA8 won the 10 p.m. wars in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Chalk up two more 6 a.m. wins for Fox4 in its seemingly endless string of first place finishes. NBC5 swept the 5 p.m. competitions and added a 6 p.m. win in total viewers. TEGNA8 drew the most 25-to-54-year-olds at 6 p.m.

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