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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon., Dec. 15) -- Monday Night Football edges The Voice as overall top draw

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The New Orleans Ain’ts’ win over Chicago’s Bad News Bears was not at all pretty. But it was enough to propel ESPN’s Monday Night Football to the top of the prime-time Nielsens.

The game averaged 306,856 total viewers, finishing a chip shot field goal ahead of NBC’s two-hour performance finale of The Voice (299,882 viewers). But among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, MNF won more convincingly by a score of 119,844 to 88,306 viewers.

A pair of concocted two-hour specials kept Fox and ABC at bay in the 7 to 9 p.m. slot. Fox’s American Country Countdown Awards beat ABC’s competing Great Christmas Light Fight in total viewers and 18-to-49-year-olds. But both were outdrawn in that measurement by The Voice and CBS’ regular lineup of 2 Broke Girls, Mike & Molly and Scorpion.

Country Countdown edged ahead of Mike & Molly among 18-to-49-year-olds to finish second among the Big Four broadcast networks from 7:30 to 8 p.m. The concluding hour then tied Scorpion for the silver from 8 to 9 p.m.

Here are Monday’s local news derby results.

CBS11 had the most total viewers at 10 p.m. while Fox4 ran first with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Gannett8 and Fox4 traded golds at 6 a.m., with Gannett8 winning in total viewers and Fox4 topping the 25-to-54 charts.

Fox4 dominated the early evening newscast competitions with twin wins at both 5 and 6 p.m.

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