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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Sun., Jan. 8-10) -- Globes win prime-time but fall short of weekend NFL playoff games

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Sunday night’s oft-bleeped Golden Globes on NBC easily controlled the prime-time terrain but got sacked for big losses compared to the ratings for three of the weekend’s four NFL wild card games.

The Globes, hosted for the fourth time by Ricky Gervais, averaged 524,098 D-FW viewers for a three-hour show that ticked four minutes past the scheduled 10 p.m. stop time. A total of 228,650 of those viewers were within the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old age range.

NBC’s one-hour 6 p.m. red carpet warmup had 162,895 total viewers and 60,338 in the 18-to-49 demographic.

The weekend’s top TV attraction, Fox’s late Sunday afternoon/early evening Green Bay Packers-Washington Redskins wild card game, was a Goliath in comparison. Bleeding slightly into the 7 p.m. start of the Golden Globes, the game averaged 934,877 total viewers, well more than the 772,014 the Dallas Cowboys drew for their season-ending loss to Washington. Packers-Redskins had 387,435 viewers within the 18-to-49 motherlode, also far above the 295,340 for the Cowboys’ climactic loss at home to Washington on the previous Sunday.

NBC’s earlier Seattle Seahawks-Minnesota Vikings matchup in sub-frigid Minneapolis averaged 771,982 total viewers.

ABC’s musical/comedy series Galavant sang something even blow the blues in Sunday’s 7 p.m. hour. It had 42,494 total viewers and 6,351 in the 18-to-49 range. Both were by far the lowest totals for the night among the Big Four broadcast networks. Over on PBS, the 8 p.m. second episode of Downtown Abbey hung in there with 169,978 total viewers and 53,987 in the 18-to-49 measurement. Both are pretty much blockbuster totals for public television.

On Saturday, the Kansas City Chiefs’ rout of the Houston Texans on ABC drew 559,510 viewers to easily rank as the smallest draw of the four games. But it still edged the Golden Globes. CBS’ prime-time telecast of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ near-miracle win over the clown car Cincinnati Bengals then ramped up to 672,828 viewers. The penalty-strewn game didn’t end until 10:56 p.m.

In Friday’s prime-time parade, CBS’ 9 p.m. episode of Blue Bloods had the most total viewers with 269,131 while Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast ranked as the top draw among 18-to-49-year-olds (79,393).

Here are Friday’s local news derby results.

CBS11 drew the most total viewers at 10 p.m., but TEGNA8 won among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 again ran the table at 6 a.m., where its long unbeaten streak has stretched for several months.

TEGNA8 had the most total viewers at 6 p.m. and Fox4 was tops with 25-to-54-year-old at both 6 p.m. and 5 p.m. NBC5 had the most total viewers at 5 p.m.

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