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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Sun., Nov. 30-Dec. 2) -- Pats-Vikes top Sunday NFL menu

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Absent a Dallas Cowboys game, Sunday’s NFL ratings battle boiled down to Fox’s featured mid-afternoon “national” game vs. NBC’s Sunday Night Football matchup.

Fox won, with the New England Patriots-Minnesota Vikings delivering 506,110 D-FW viewers while the Peacock’s Los Angeles Chargers-Pittsburgh Steelers game ran a competitive second with 442,846.

CBS’ two-hour Garth Brooks special also made some noise in the 7 to 9 p.m. slot, drawing 203,850 viewers to rank as Sunday’s top non-football draw.

Among advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds, Pats-Vikings also was the top TV attraction with 181,152 viewers; Chargers-Steelers had 163,037. Brooks barely registered in this key demographic, falling to 27,173 viewers. ABC’s 9 p.m. Victoria’s Special in contrast had 57,365 viewers in the 18-to-49 realm, more than half of the show’s 105,288 total viewers. The “kids” know what they like.

On Saturday, an 11 a.m. start for the Oklahoma-Texas Big 12 conference championship showdown couldn’t stop the Sooners and Longhorns from piling up the day’s biggest audience with 456,905 total viewers on ABC. CBS’ following Georgia-Alabama SEC championship game pulled in second with 351,465 viewers.

Fox’s Big Ten championship encounter between Ohio State and Northwestern ruled the prime-time Nielsens with 203,850 viewers.

Friday’s prime-time ratings were paced by CBS’ 9 p.m episode of Blue Bloods in total viewers (231,967) and Fox’s Washington-Utah Pac-12 championship game in the 18-to-49 age range (36,230 viewers).

Here are Friday’s local news derby results.

CBS11 swept the 10 p.m. competitions in total viewers and with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 ran the table at both 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. while NBC5 scored twin wins at 6 p.m.

LOCAL TV NEWS NOTE -- Fox4 will mark anchor Clarice Tinsley’s 40th anniversary at the station with a half-hour special scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 4th at 6:30 p.m.

Tinsley arrived in D-FW from a Milwaukee television station and has no plans to retire anytime soon. It’s not out of the question that she’ll someday celebrate a half-century at Fox4. She continues to anchor, most notably as a solo on Fox4’s 10 p.m. news, while also contributing social media segments on the station’s 9 p.m. newscasts.

Congratulations to Clarice, the only local news anchor who pre-dates your friendly content provider’s 1980 debut as TV critic for The Dallas Morning News. Only NBC5 entertainment reporter Bobbie Wygant has been on the air longer in this market. But she’s been a part-time contributor for many years while Tinsley remains a full-time presence.

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