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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., Feb. 3) -- NCIS factor

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NCIS and its newest CBS offshoot again set the prime-time pace Tuesday with the two biggest viewer hauls.

The 7 p.m. hour as usual was dominated by the Mark Harmon-led mothership, with NCIS drawing 460,284 D-FW viewers to more than double the audience of its next closest time slot competitor, Fox’s Masterchef Junior (174,350).

NCIS: New Orleans then won at 8 p.m. with 390,544 viewers before CBS’ Person of Interest had enough juice to run first at 9 p.m. with 216,194 viewers.

NCIS and its partner in military crime also topped their time slots among advertiser-craved 18-to-49-year-olds. But Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast broke through at that hour, knocking Person of Interest into second place.

Also of note: The CW’s 7 p.m. episode of The Flash drew 76,714 total viewers to easily beat NBC’s competing pair of Parks and Recreation episodes. And among 18-to-49-year-olds, The Flash moved up to third place, ahead of both P&R and ABC’s 7 p.m. plug-in episode of Shark Tank.

ABC’s Marvel’s Agent Carter continued to struggle in the 18-to-49 demographic, running fourth among the Big Four broadcast networks from 8 to 9 p.m. In the total viewers measurement, it outdrew only NBC’s competing Marry Me and About a Boy.

Forever, also a first-year ABC series, likewise tanked with fourth place finishes at 9 p.m. in both ratings realms. Its 15,769 viewers in the 18-to-49 age range were the lowest of any prime-time program on ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC or The CW.

On the ratings upside, CBS11’s 6:30 p.m. episodes of the syndicated Wheel of Fortune continue to roll over the competition. The 369,622 total viewers for Tuesday’s show were far more than any prime-time program drew on ABC, Fox, NBC or The CW.

Gannett8, then owned by Belo Corp., willingly coughed up Wheel in fall 2005 after an 18-year run. The station’s stated goal was to draw a revenue-enhancing younger audience with Entertainment Tonight. On Tuesday, Wheel had almost three times more 18-to-49-year-old viewers than E). That doesn’t happen every day. But Wheel always beats ET, Access Hollywood and Extra in total viewers. And the eternally spinning game show greatly aids CBS11’s 6 p.m. newscasts, even if they’re primarily used in some homes as warmups for Pat and Vanna.

Here are Tuesday’s local news derby results on the fourth weekday of the February “sweeps.”

Gannett8 overcame a very lousy lead-in from ABC’s Forever to win in total viewers at 10 p.m. Fox4 ran first among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 also swept the 6 a.m. competitions while NBC5 did likewise at 5 p.m.

The 6 p.m. firsts went to CBS11 in total viewers and Fox4 in the 25-to-54 demographic.

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