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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues.-Wed., Nov. 12-13) -- the ABCs of the CMAs

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ABC’s annual telecast of the Country Music Association awards topped Wednesday’s prime-time charts in total viewers while also winning two of its three hours among advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds.

The CMAs weighed in at 278,866 D-FW viewers, with its opening hour nipping Fox’s The Masked Singer (258,461 to 251,659) before the numbers grew from 8 to 10 p.m.

But Masked Singer was the overall pacesetter with 18-to-49-year-olds (103,126) while the CMAs averaged 65,886. Country music’s “biggest night” also was outdrawn in its first hour by NBC’s Chicago Med, which had 60,157 viewers in this key demographic compared to the CMAs’ 51,563.

On Tuesday night, CBS’ 7 p.m. episode of NCIS swamped all TV attractions in total viewers with 367,286, its best showing of the season. CBS also won the 8 p.m. slot in total viewers with FBI (244,858) before the network’s NCIS: New Orleans and NBC’s New Amsterdam tied for first in the 9 p.m. hour (183,643 viewers each).

The 18-to-49 lead was shared by Fox’s 8 p.m. episode of Empire and NBC’s competing This Is Us (57,292 apiece).

Here are the local news derby results for Tuesday and Wednesday during the heart of the November “sweeps” ratings period.

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

Fox4 notched twin wins at 6 a.m. and NBC5 did likewise at 5 p.m. The 6 p.m. golds went to WFAA8 in total viewers and Fox4 among 25-to-54-year-olds.

Wednesday -- WFAA8 again ran the table at 10 p.m. while longtime 6 a.m. kingpin Fox4 continued to rally with another sweep after being threatened in the early going by WFAA8.

NBC5 enjoyed twin wins at 6 p.m. and also ran first at 5 p.m. in total viewers. Fox4 drew the most 25-to-54-year-olds at 5 p.m.

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