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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues.-Wed., Dec. 26-27) -- Longhorns' win in Texas Bowl takes top spot

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The Texas Longhorns’ 33-16 throttling of Missouri in Houston’s Texas Bowl ranked as Wednesday’s top draw on a night of repeats and a throwaway bowl game on Fox.

A total of 199,419 D-FW viewers tuned in for Texas-Mizzou on ESPN. That’s not much of a crowd, but good enough to beat the runner-up attraction, CBS’ repeat of a 50th anniversary special saluting The Carol Burnett Show (149,564 viewers).

Fox’s competing Foster Farms Bowl -- Purdue vs. Arizona -- trudged in with 64,099 viewers. But the game still towered over the Dallas Mavericks-Indiana Pacers face-off. The victory-starved Mavs surprisingly won for the second time in as many nights against a quality team, but continued to play before a near-empty house. Just 21,366 viewers were on hand for the Fox Sports Southwest telecast.

Tuesday’s top prime-time performer, CBS’ 7 p.m. NCIS rerun, had 199,419 viewers before the network’s two-hour Kennedy Center Honors deflated to 92,587 viewers. Both programs skewed north of Forest Lawn in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old demographic, with NCIS luring 24,965 viewers and the Kennedy Center Honors, 3,121.

Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast won its time slot in both ratings measurements, with 170,930 total viewers and 28,085 in the 18-to-49 realm.

And now, here are the four-way local news derby results.

Tuesday -- TEGNA8 won at 10 p.m. in total viewers but Fox4 ran first with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 also again scored twin wins at 6 a.m. and tied with NBC5 for the 25-to-54-year-old gold at 6 p.m. The Peacock otherwise had the early evening spoils to itself, sweeping the 5 p.m. competitions and drawing the most total viewers at 6 p.m.

Wednesday -- TEGNA8 swept the 10 p.m. races and Fox4 did likewise at 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. The two stations tied for the most total viewers at 6 p.m. while Fox4 won outright among 25-to-54-year-olds.

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