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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., March 8) -- Little Big Shots blasts off while ABC takes a bible thumping

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Already rich in the ratings with The Voice, NBC added to its Tuesday night pot of gold with the sneak preview of Little Big Shots.

The Steve Harvey-hosted collection of talented kids dominated the 9 p.m. hour with 417,862 D-FW viewers and 117,501 in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old demographic.

Little Big Shots slightly increased the total viewer haul for The Voice (410,779) and matched the juggernaut singing competition in the 18-to-49 age range.

ABC’s 9 p.m. premiere of Of Kings and Prophets, an Old Testament saga of old king Saul and slingshot artist David, toppled with a bigger thud than Goliath in competition with Little Big Shots. It drew just 77,906 total viewers and a wee 12,703 in the 18-to-49 measurement. Fox4’s severe weather-fueled 9 p.m. local newscast ran a solid second with 226,637 total viewers and 79,393 within the 18-to-49 motherlode.

Over in the cable news universe, Fox News Channel’s all-night coverage of the latest batch of presidential primary results drew the biggest overall crowd. FNC averaged 99,154 total viewers from 7 to 10 p.m., followed by CNN (42,494) and MSNBC (35,412).

Among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming), FNC peaked at 29,763 while MSNBC hit a high of 20,834 and CNN lagged with 17,858.

Here are Tuesday’s local news derby results.

NBC5 won at 10 p.m. in both total viewers and with 25-to-54-year-olds while Fox4 again did likewise at 6 a.m.

The two stations split the 5 and 6 p.m. proceeds. NBC5 drew the most total viewers at both hours and Fox4 ran first with 25-to-54-year-olds.

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