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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Sun., Jan. 3-5) -- 49ers-Packers top weekend NFL wild card numbers

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Fox’s Sunday afternoon/evening chiller-thriller between the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers easily topped all weekend TV attractions.

In fact, the 49ers’ 23-20 win averaged more D-FW viewers -- 1,093,600 -- than six of the Dallas Cowboys’ 16 regular season games while tying the Sept. 29th matchup with the San Diego Chargers for 10th on the list. Another person that might leave cold: Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

Also on Sunday, CBS’ preceding San Diego Chargers-Cincinnati Bengals wild card game drew 639,117 viewers. It was the only one-sided matchup of the weekend’s four NFL games, with San Diego a 27-10 winner.

Saturday’s New Orleans Saints-Philadelphia Eagles game on NBC came in second with an average of 837,953 viewers. The Saints prevailed 26-24. And the preceding Indianapolis Colts’ rally from a 28-point second half deficit against the Kansas City Chiefs clocked in at 561,003 viewers on NBC to rank last despite the video game-ish 45-44 outcome.

On Friday night, the Cotton Bowl on Fox from Jerry’s Palace easily outdrew ESPN’s competing Orange Bowl. Missouri-Oklahoma State averaged 347,964 viewers and Clemson-Ohio State had 184,634.

In non-football TV -- and there actually was some of that -- PBS’ two-hour Season 4 launch of Downton Abbey had a nice-sized 198,836 viewers from 8 to 10 p.m. on KERA13. That beat all competing programming except CBS’ The Mentalist, which drew 255,647 viewers in the 9 p.m. hour.

Here are Friday’s four-way local news derby results:

WFAA8 led a downsized three-competitor field at 10 p.m. (Fox4 still had football) in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. Nielsens and added a 5 p.m. win in the 25-to-54 demographic.

WFAA8 had the most total viewers at 5 p.m. and also ran first with 25-to-54-year-olds at 6 p.m. CBS11 was tops at 6 p.m. in total viewers.

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