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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon., Dec. 5) -- another big wham bam for country music

Prime-time's hottest commodity -- any old country music special -- twanged its magic twanger again Monday night.

Fox's second American Country Awards, created as the network's version of the CMAs and ACMs, thumped all competitors from 7 to 9 p.m.

The ACAs amassed 406,446 D-FW viewers, a bigger local audience than Fox's The X Factor has drawn on any given night this season. Among the casualties was ABC's annual A Charlie Brown Christmas, which had half the audience -- 203,223 viewers -- from 7 to 7:30 p.m.

The ACAs weren't quite so hot among advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds, though. CBS' regular comedy lineup was the overall winner in that key demographic while Charlie Brown slipped past the first half-hour of the ACAs by a score of 96,069 to 92,867.

CBS' Hawaii Five-0 nipped ABC's Castle for first place in total viewers at 9 p.m., but those positions were reversed with 18-to-49-year-olds.

NBC ran a distant fourth across the board in the broadcast universe with its two-hour Sing-Off Christmas special and another edition of Rock Center with Brian Williams. ESPN's lackluster Monday Night Football matchup of San Diego and Jacksonville also outdrew the Peacock.

In Monday's local news derby results, WFAA8 swept the 10 p.m. competitions in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

It otherwise was another big day for Fox4, which ran the table at 6 a.m. and 5 and 6 p.m. for the second straight weekday.

Fox4's 6 p.m. numbers were especially impressive. Its haul of 230,319 total viewers was more than twice the crowd drawn for any of NBC's prime-time attractions. And among 25-to-54-year-olds, Fox4 more than doubled the audience for any of its 6 p.m. local news rivals.