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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., Dec. 30) -- CBS leads way with NCIS repeat, Kennedy Center Honors

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On the eve of a heavy menu of big bowl games, CBS brushed aside the competition with its NCIS reprise and the network’s annual telecast of the Kennedy Center Honors.

NCIS led all prime-time programming with 251,064 D-FW viewers before the Kennedy Center Honors, with Sting, Tom Hanks and Lily Tomlin among those on the receiving end, won from 8 to 10 p.m. with 181,324 viewers. CBS also ran the table among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds opposite repeats on ABC, NBC and Fox.

NBC’s three-pronged Chicago Fire “marathon” topped out with 69,740 total viewers for the 8 p.m. episode. ABC’s three-peat of Forever scored highest with the 9 p.m. episode (76,714 viewers).

ESPN’s trio of college football games was led by Georgia’s win over Louisville in the Belk Bowl. It averaged 153,428 viewers.

In Tuesday’s local news derby results, Gannett8 won at 10 p.m. in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 otherwise ruled with sweeps of the 6 a.m. and 5 and 6 p.m. competitions.

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