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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed.-Thurs., Dec. 10-11) -- Big Bang bonanza

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CBS’ The Big Bang Theory drew one of its biggest crowds of the season Thursday, easily pacing all prime-time programming.

TV’s most popular sitcom racked up 488,180 D-FW viewers as CBS’ lead-off hitter. It also was Thursday’s most-watched program among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds (167,151).

CBS likewise won from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. among the Big Four broadcast networks with Mom and Two and a Half Men. But the second half of Fox’s Gracepoint whipped CBS’ new The McCarthys from 8:30 to 9 p.m.

Fox4’s local newscast won the 9 p.m. slot in total viewers, besting CBS’ runner-up Elementary. The 18-to-49 winners from 7:30 to 10 p.m. were Mom, the full hour of Gracepoint and Fox4’s news.

Over on the NFL Network, the Thursday Night Football game between the Cardinals and Rams averaged 216,194 total viewers and 72,537 in the 18-to-49 demographic.

Wednesday’s biggest overall prime-time draw, ABC’s Modern Family, had 265,012 total viewers. It also led all prime-time programming among 18-to-49-year-olds.

Here are the local news derby results.

Wednesday -- CBS11 had the most total viewers at 10 p.m. while Fox4 prevailed with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 and Gannett8 tied for first in total viewers at 6 a.m., with Gannett8 nipping second place Fox4 in the 25-to-54 realm.

CBS11 ran first in total viewers at 6 p.m. and NBC5 did likewise at 5 p.m. But both of the 25-to-54 golds went to Fox4.

Thursday -- NBC5 was tops at 10 p.m. among total viewers; Gannett8 won with 25-to-54-year-olds.

Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. competitions and the Peacock had twin wins at 5 p.m.

Gannett8 and CBS11 tied for first in total viewers at 6 p.m., with Gannett8 winning outright among 25-to-54-year-olds.

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