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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., Dec. 16) -- NCIS & Voice finale split spoils

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CBS’ NCIS as usual drew Tuesday night’s biggest crowd and its New Orleans spinoff also whipped the first half of NBC’s two-hour season finale of The Voice.

The Voice retaliated, though, with the night’s best numbers among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds. The show built to its high point in the closing 15-minute segment, when Mesquite, TX native Craig Wayne Boyd got crowned.

NCIS amassed 439,362 D-FW viewers in the 7 p.m. hour, easily repelling competition from Fox’s MasterChef Junior (160,402), ABC’s reprise of A Charlie Brown Christmas (111,584) and NBC’s new Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas (104,610).

NCIS: New Orleans then won from 8 to 9 p.m., drawing 348,700 viewers to The Voice’s 320,804.

The Voice dominated the 9 to 10 p.m. charts, pulling in an average of 376,596 viewers and ballooning to 439,362 from 9:45 to 10 p.m.

The 18-to-49 winners were NCIS and both hours of The Voice.

Tuesday’s smallest draw among the Big Four broadcast networks, an 8:30 p.m. repeat of Fox’s The Mindy Project, had 34,870 total viewers and a sub-scant 3,154 in the 18-to-49-year-old demographic. Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast then spring boarded as usual to respective totals of 153,428 and 66,230 viewers.

Here are Tuesday’s four-way local news derby results.

Basking in The Voice’s after-draft, NBC5 cruised to dominant wins at 10 p.m. in both total viewers and with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

The 6 a.m. firsts were split between Gannett8 in total viewers and Fox4 among 25-to-54-year-olds.

NBC5, Gannett8 and CBS11 tied for the most viewers at 6 p.m. while Gannett8 nipped Fox4 and NBC5 in the 25-to-54 demographic.

The 5 p.m. wreaths went to NBC5 in total viewers and Fox4 with 25-to-54-year-olds.

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