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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs., Dec. 20) -- X Factor rules over Christmas specials, repeats

Fox's Season 2 finale of The X Factor lured prime-time's biggest crowd Thursday before Fox4's 9 p.m. news gave that combo its second straight ratings sweep.

X Factor, won by 37-year-old country crooner Tate Stevens, had 296,021 D-FW viewers from 7 to 9 p.m. The news then drew 240,947 viewers. Both attractions also ran first among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds.

NBC's nicely done A White House Christmas: First Families Remember had a decent-sized 158,337 total viewers in the 7 p.m. hour. ABC's two-hour CMA Country Christmas then averaged 165,221 viewers from 8 to 10 p.m. CBS offered wall-to-wall series repeats, with The Big Bang Theory again its biggest scorer with 234,063 viewers.

The Dallas Mavericks' blowout home loss to the Miami Heat had 103,263 viewers on TNT.

Thursday's local news derby results featured loads of first-place ties.

WFAA8 won outright at 10 p.m. in total viewers while tying for first with Fox4 among 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

Fox4 ran the table at 6 a.m. and shared first place at 6 p.m. in the 25-to-54 demographic with WFAA8. The total viewer golds at 6 p.m. were claimed by WFAA8 and CBS11.

At 5 p.m., NBC5 and WFAA8 tied for first in total viewers while WFAA8 had the top spot to itself among 25-to-54-year-olds.