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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues.-Wed., Jan. 8-9) -- who was that Masked Singer?

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Fox’s The Masked Singer may be TV’s latest equivalent of a full-blown traffic wreck, but you know the deal on those. People like to watch.

Episode 2 again commanded its 8 p.m. slot, winning in total D-FW viewers (217,908) and also among advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds (87,557). The 18-to-49 haul ranked as Wednesday’s biggest, but Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast led all programming in total viewers with 238,996.

For the record, the second unmasked performer was a considerable mark down from the first. It was Tommy Chong after the Pittsburgh Steelers’ star receiver and latest malcontent, Antonio Brown, gave the show a surprise A-lister for the premiere episode.

ABC’s 7:30 p.m. premiere of Schooled, a spinoff of the preceding The Goldbergs, ran fourth during that half-hour slot in total viewers (84,352) while tying for third with CBS’ Young Sheldon repeat among 18-to-49ers with 27,173. Even so, it still ranked second in both measurements, behind only Modern Family, among all of struggling ABC’s prime-time attractions.

On Tuesday night, CBS’ 7 p.m. episode of NCIS ranked No. 1 in total viewers with 414,729. NBC’s competing Ellen’s Game of Games topped the 18-to-49-year-old heap with 66,422 viewers.

Fueled by the NCIS lead-in, President Trump’s border wall pitch, which fit within the 8 to 8:15 p.m. slot, easily drew its biggest audience on CBS with 337,406 total viewers. Fox News Channel led the three cable news nets with 196,820 viewers.

The Nancy Pelosi-Chuck Schumer response, which ended just before 8:20 p.m. is hard to gauge because ABC and the Fox broadcasting arm then cut immediately to entertainment programming for the rest of the 15-minute segment. CBS, the only broadcast network to devote the full half-hour to news coverage, ranked No. 1 among all entities with 295,231 total viewers.

Here are the local news derby results.

Tuesday -- Network entertainment programming runovers on ABC and Fox made it a two-way race at 10 p.m. CBS11 won in total viewers and Fox4 was No. 1 among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 again swept the 6 a.m. competitions and NBC5 had twin wins at 5 p.m. The 6 p.m. firsts went to CBS11 in total viewers and Fox4 with 25-to-54-year-olds.

Wednesday -- Fox4 fell just short of a very rare double grand slam, winning everything except the 6 p.m. race in the total viewers measurement. That one went to NBC5.