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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., Jan. 3) -- viewers respond to Fox's 9-1-1 call

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Fox’s premiere of 9-1-1 answered the network’s ratings distress call Wednesday night.

The 8 p.m. launch easily won its time slot in total D-FW viewers (299,128) while also ranking as prime-time’s top overall draw in that measurement. 9-1-1 likewise carried its weight with advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, where it also was Wednesday night’s leader with 90,497.

Fox’s preceding return of The X-Files for a 10-episode run had a less imposing 170,930 total viewers to run second at 7 p.m. behind NBC’s Blacklist (192,297). X-Files nipped Blacklist among 18-to-49-year-olds, though, taking the 7 p.m. hour with 43,688.

Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast won its slot in both ratings measurements to top off a big night for Fox in the Big Four broadcast network universe.

Over on Fox Sports Southwest, the Dallas Mavericks made a big comeback against the league-leading Golden State Warriors before losing by three points near the buzzer when Steph Curry drained another of his long-distance jumpers. The game drew 92,587 total viewers and 43,688 in the 18-to-49 realm. From 9 to 10 p.m., Mavs-Warriors beat all competing programming among 18-to-49-year-olds.

Here are the local news derby results.

TEGNA8 swept the 10 p.m. races in total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming) while Fox4 continued its long 6 a.m. winning streak with a pair of dominant firsts.

Fox4 also pulled in the most 25-to-54-year-olds at both 5 and 6 p.m. The total viewer golds at those hours went to NBC5 at 5 p.m. and TEGNA8 at 6 p.m.

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