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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs.-Sun., Nov. 13-16) -- truncated Packers' trashing of Eagles leads pro football parade

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Fox had seen enough after Green Bay Packers’ defender Julius Peppers picked off another errant Mark Sanchez pass and returned it for a TD to put the Philadelphia Eagles on the short end of a 39-6 demolition derby that eventually ended 53-20.

So in D-FW and other TV markets, the network bailed at 5:32 p.m. to a “more competitive” but largely colorless game between the Arizona Cardinals and Detroit Lions. That didn’t stop the short-sheeted Packers-Eagles game from easily being Sunday’s top pro football attraction. While still breathing in D-FW, it averaged 760,166 viewers.

NBC’s Sunday Night Football, a marquee quarterback matchup between Tom Brady’s Patriots and Andrew Luck’s Colts, finished a distant second with an average of 495,154 viewers. But it still dominated the prime-time landscape, with CBS’ regular drama lineup of Madam Secretary, The Good Wife and CSI running second from 7 to 10 p.m.

Saturday’s college football parade was paced by the big-time matchup between Alabama and Mississippi State. Ending at 6:13 p.m on CBS, the game drew 230,142 viewers. Over on the less visible Fox Sports 1 network, TCU’s narrow escape at Kansas competed mostly against Bama-Miss. State. It averaged 118,558 viewers to run fourth for the day behind ABC’s prime-time Florida State-Miami face-off (209,220 viewers) and Fox’s after-dark telecast of Texas’ win over Oklahoma State (195, 272 viewers).

Friday’s top prime-time achiever, ABC’s Shark Tank, had 237,116 viewers in the 8 p.m. hour. It also triumphed among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, making Friday’s biggest haul with 69,384.

CBS bombed big-time by preempting its potent Friday night lineup of The Amazing Race, Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods with the Hollywood Film Awards and a one-hour “after party.” The two-hour awards show drew just 67,940 total viewers before its followup hour dipped to 41,844 viewers. The 18-to-49 Nielsens were even worse, with CBS running a very distant fourth all night in this key demographic before CBS11’s 10 p.m. newscast registered “hashmarks” (no measurable audience).

On Thursday night, CBS won the first hour of prime-time in total viewers with The Big Bang Theory (488,180) and Mom (271,986) before ABC mopped up with No. 1 finishes for Scandal (306,856) and How to Get Away with Murder (258,038).

Big Bang also won its 7 to 7:30 p.m. slot with 18-to-49-year-olds before the second half of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder took charge from 7:30 to 10 p.m.

The Thursday night football game on NFL Network -- Dolphins vs. Bills -- averaged 209,220 total viewers.

Here are the Thursday and Friday local news derby results for Days 11-12 of the 20-weekday November “sweeps” ratings period.

Thursday -- Gannett8 continued to cruise at 10 p.m. with wins in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 and NBC5 tied for the most total viewers at 6 a.m., but Fox4 was alone on top with 25-to-54-year-olds.

The Peacock ran the table at 5 p.m. while Gannett8 did likewise at 6 p.m.

Friday -- Gannett8 had the most total viewers at 10 p.m. while Fox4 won among 25-to-54-year-olds.

Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. competitions and Gannett8 ran first at 5 and 6 p.m. with 25-to-54-year-olds. The total viewer golds at 5 and 6 p.m. respectively went to NBC5 and CBS11.

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