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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon.-Tues., Nov. 24-25) -- Dancing with the Stars finale slips on banana peel

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ABC’s Dancing with the Stars finale used to be a big rhumba in the ratings. But on Tuesday night, the latest close-out couldn’t even win its full two-hour time slot in D-FW.

CBS’ NCIS: New Orleans thumped the first hour of DWTS in total viewers by a score of 418,440 to 265,012. The 9 to 10 p.m. second hour of DWTS then had enough juice to outdraw CBS’ competing Person of Interest -- 278,960 viewers to 216,194.

Among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, DWTS was beaten by NCIS: New Orleans from 7 to 8 p.m. and also by Fox’s New Girl from 7 to 7:30 p.m. DWTS then won the 9 to 10 p.m. hour by a paper-thin margin over Fox4’s local newscast.

CBS’ NCIS led off Tuesday’s prime-time festivities with a sweep in total viewers and 18-to-49-year-olds, beating NBC’s live vote-off hour of The Voice. (Viewers also are showing some signs of fatigue with this show, whose winners all have gone on to do basically nothing.)

Then again, Monday’s two-hour performance edition of The Voice had enough oomph to rank as the night’s top show in both total viewers and 18-to-49-year-olds. But regular network programming on rival networks was knocked off stride by break-in live coverage of events in Ferguson, Missouri.

Here are the Monday and Tuesday local news derby results for the 18th and 19th weekdays of the 20-weekday November “sweeps” ratings period.

Monday -- Fox4 won at 10 p.m. in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming). NBC5, Gannett8 and CBS11 all got late starts because of their networks’ Ferguson coverage.

Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. competitions and CBS11 did likewise at 6 p.m. NBC5 countered by running the table at 5 p.m.

Tuesday -- Gannett8 had twin wins at 10 p.m. and also scored a rare win at 6 a.m. in total viewers. Fox4, the usual early morning frontrunner, had the most 25-to-54-year-olds at 6 a.m.

CBS11 swept the 6 p.m. Nielsens and added a 5 p.m. win in total viewers. Fox4 and Gannett8 shared first place at 5 p.m. in the 25-to-54 demographic.

CBS11 has been surging at 6 p.m. in the total viewers measurement, winning 7 of the last 8 weekdays down the backstretch of the sweeps.

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