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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs., Dec. 17) -- more boom times for Big Bang

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CBS’ The Big Bang Theory rang out 2015 with its last new episode of the year. As usual, it dominated.

The hit sitcom led off Thursday night by easily drawing more total D-FW viewers (467,438) and advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds (161,961) than any other TV attraction.

Fellow CBS comedies Life in Pieces, Mom and 2 Broke Girls also won their time slots in both ratings measurements.

At 9 p.m. the concluding hour of Barbara Walters’ annual 10 Most Fascinating People special gave ABC a win in total viewers. But NBC’s competing Running Wild with Bear Grylls won the hour among 18-to-49-year-olds in competition among the Big Four broadcast networks. Including the cable universe, the NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football matchup between the Rams and Bucs was the 9 p.m. hour’s overall winner in the 18-to-49 demographic.

Here are Thursday’s local news derby results.

TEGNA8 ran first at 10 p.m. in total viewers while NBC5 was tops with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 again romped at 6 a.m. with twin wins and added sweeps at both 5 and 6 p.m.

LOCAL NEWS NOTES -- CBS11 is broadcast network simulcast home for the NFL Net’s Saturday night presentation of the Dallas Cowboys and New York Jets.

TXA21’s Yule Log will be firing up for a third straight season in tandem with Christmas music from KLUV radio (98.7 FM). Burn time is from 9 p.m. Christmas Eve through 3 p.m. Christmas Day. Last year, the Log drew as many as 48,818 viewers while outdrawing syndicated programming ranging from Fox4’s Dr. Oz to NBC5’s The Steve Harvey Show to The Queen Latifah Show on TXA21’s sister station, CBS11.

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