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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., Dec. 19) -- X Factor, Fox4 news take prime-time wreaths

Fox's The X Factor hasn't exactly been a ratings steamroller in its second season. Still, Wednesday's final performance edition dominated the competition before Fox4's 9 p.m. news drew an even bigger crowd.

X Factor, already renewed for a Season 3, averaged 227,179 D-FW viewers from 7 to 9 p.m. Donald Trump's competing Miss Universe cheese fest on NBC had just 103,263 viewers during those same two hours while CBS' annual A Home for the Holidays special drew 137,684 viewers in its 7 to 8 p.m. slot.

WFAA8's locally produced Christmas special with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra had 75,726 viewers in the 7 p.m. hour, enough to edge the first half of Miss Universe (68,842 viewers).

Fox4's 9 p.m. news had a league-leading 240,947 viewers, whipping competition from CBS' CSI: Crime Scene Investigation rerun (172,105), a new episode of NBC's Chicago Fire (117,031) and ABC's special edition of 20/20 (89,495).

X Factor and the Fox4 newscast also swept the prime-time Nielsens among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds.

In Wednesday's four-way local news derby results, WFAA8 ran first at 10 p.m. in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

Fox4 likewise ran the table at 6 a.m. and added 5 and 6 p.m. wins in the 25-to-54 demographic.

The 5 and 6 p.m. golds in total viewers respectively went to NBC5 and CBS11.