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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues.-Wed., Nov. 5-6) -- ABC struts with big twang

Country music’s annual biggest hoedown gave ABC a big start-to-finish mow-down in Wednesday’s prime-time Nielsens.

Again winningly hosted by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, the three-hour Country Music Association awards averaged 426,078 D-FW viewers to beat all competing programs from 7 to 10 p.m. The CMAs also ran the table among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds.

CBS’ regular lineup of Survivor: Blood and Water, Criminal Minds and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation offered the strongest resistance with a string of second place finishes in total viewers. Survivor had the highest count with 312,457 in the 7 p.m. hour.

Survivor and Criminal Minds also ran second with 18-to-49-year-olds before Fox4’s local newscast edged CSI for the 9 p.m. runner-up spot.

Fox’s The X Factor ran a distant third in total viewers from 7 to 9 p.m. Among 18-to-49-year-olds, X Factor slipped to fourth place from 7 to 8 p.m. behind NBC’s Revolution.

CBS enjoyed Tuesday’s overall prime-time riches, running the table in total viewers with a lineup of NCIS (454,483), NCIS: Los Angeles (340,862) and Person of Interest (326,660). But in the 18-to-49-year-old demographic, the winners were NBC’s The Biggest Loser and ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (which tied for first at 7 p.m.) and NBC’s The Voice (which won outright from 8 to 10 p.m.).

Here are the local news derby results on Days 4 and 5 of the ongoing November “sweeps.”

Tuesday -- CBS11 had the most total viewers at 10 p.m. while WFAA8 ran first with 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

Fox4 again swept the 6 a.m. competitions and added 5 and 6 p.m. wins in the 25-to-54 measurement. WFAA8 had the most total viewers at 5 p.m. and CBS11 took the top spot at 6 p.m.

Wednesday -- WFAA8 spring-boarded off a big lead-in from the CMAs to score a pair of dominating 10 p.m. wins.

WFAA8 and Fox4 tied for first in total viewers at 6 a.m., with Fox4 the outright winner with 25-to-54-year-olds.

Fox4 swept the 5 p.m. Nielsens while the 6 p.m. firsts went to CBS11 in total viewers and WFAA8 among 25-to-54-year-olds.

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