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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Dec. 31-Jan. 1)

Three blowouts topped the New Year's Day Bowl ratings. From most- to least-watched, here's the D-FW scorecard:

Rose Bowl (ABC) -- Southern Cal crunches Illinois (284,965 homes)
Cotton Bowl (Fox) -- Missouri thumps Arkansas in Dallas (219,204 homes)
Sugar Bowl (Fox) -- Georgia filets Hawaii (204,590 homes)
Capital One Bowl (ABC) -- Michigan edges Florida (170,492 homes)
Gator Bowl (CBS) -- Texas Tech stages big comeback to beat Virginia (129,087 homes)
Outback Bowl (ESPN) -- Tennessee nips the heroic lads from Wisconsin (43,841 homes)

Elsewhere Tuesday, NBC's two-hour launch of The Biggest Loser: Couples managed 126,651 homes in finishing fourth from 7 to 8 p.m. and second in the 8 to 9 p.m. slot.

All four major local TV news providers "threw out" their New Year's Day newscasts, which means they aren't officially counted by Nielsen.

On New Year's Eve, CBS11 decided to count its 10 p.m. newscast, which ran second in total homes to Belo8 but fourth among 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.