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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon., Dec. 21) -- MNF outscores festival of reruns, new ABC Christmas specials

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Two losing teams who’ve been eliminated from the postseason played for the hell of it on ESPN’s Monday Night Football. No matter. The Detroit Lions-New Orleans Saints game still rolled up the night’s largest TV audience opposite mostly repeats on the Big Four broadcast networks.

MNF averaged 283,296 D-FW viewers and 117,501 in the advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-old demographic. CBS’ 7:30 p.m. rerun of The Big Bang Theory was the only program to come close, drawing 269,131 total viewers but dipping to 60,338 in the 18-to-49 age range.

ABC offered the only first-run programming among the Big Four. Its two-hour Great Christmas Light Fight had 127,483 total viewers before The Great Holiday Baking Show drooped to 92,071.

Here are Monday’s local news derby results.

TEGNA8 overcame skimpy lead-ins from Holiday Baking Show to win at 10 p.m. in both total viewers and with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 continued its long 6 a.m. winning streak with two more firsts. CBS11 had the most total viewers at 6 p.m. and tied Fox4 for the top spot among 25-to-54-year-olds.

NBC5 was tops in total viewers at 5 p.m. and was part of a three-way first-place tie in the 25-to-54 demographic with Fox4 and NBC5.

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