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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon., Dec. 2) -- Monday Night Football crunches NBC's big hitters, Christmas specials

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A blowout chilled the ratings. But ESPN’s big Monday Night Football matchup between Seattle and New Orleans still had enough juice to rule prime-time and beyond.

Ending at 10:50 p.m., the Seahawks’ 34-7 demolition of the Saints averaged 383,470 D-FW viewers. NBC’s 9 p.m. “fall finale” of The Blacklist, which won’t return until Jan. 13th, ranked second with 333,761 viewers while The Voice took the bronze (298,255 viewers).

ABC began the night with A Charlie Brown Christmas, which had 170,431 viewers and was beaten from 7 to 8 p.m. by both the first hour of The Voice and CBS’ sitcom combo of How I Met Your Mother and 2 Broke Girls.

The two-hour CMA Country Christmas Special on ABC drew 177,533 viewers. CBS had the least-watched prime-time attraction among the Big Four broadcast networks. That, of course, would be Hostages with 78,114 viewers in the 9 p.m. hour.

Hostages fared even worse among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, bottoming out at 9,770 viewers in this key demographic. How bad is that? Bad enough to even lose the hour to CW33’s competing, lame duck Nightcap newscast, which drew 16,284 viewers in the 18-to-49 age range.

Monday also marked the post-November ”sweeps”/holiday break resumption of the four-way local newscast wars. Here’s how it looked:

WFAA8 swept the 10 p.m. competitions in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

Fox4 ran the table at 6 a.m. and NBC5 did likewise at 5 p.m.

The 6 p.m. firsts went to CBS11 in total viewers and Fox4 among 25-to-54-year-olds.

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