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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Sun., Feb. 19-21) -- Walking Dead continues to haunt Big Four broadcast nets

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The closest Daytona 500 finish in history and splashy prime-time specials on ABC and NBC weren’t enough to make any of them Sunday’s biggest ratings draw in D-FW.

Instead the grand prize again went to AMC’s 8 p.m. episode of The Walking Dead, which drew 297,461 total viewers and 187,366 in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old demographic.

Fox’s afternoon telecast of Daytona pulled in second with an average of 226,637 total viewers and 88,920 in the 18-to-49 age range.

Over on ABC, the network’s 7 to 9 p.m. Disneyland 60 had 155,813 total viewers, with 53,987 in the 18-to-49 range. NBC’s 8 to 10 p.m. Must See TV: An All-Star Tribute to Jim Burrows lured 148,730 total viewers and 57,163 in the 18-to-49 demographic.

On Saturday night, CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC all threw themselves into coverage of the South Carolina Republican presidential primary and Nevada’s Democratic presidential caucuses. FNC had the highest peak audience of 155,813 total viewers between 8:15 and 8:30 p.m. That was a bigger crowd than any prime-time attraction on ABC, CBS, Fox or NBC.

Friday’s prime-time numbers were paced by CBS’ 9 p.m. episode of Blue Bloods in total viewers (247,884) and ABC’s 8 p.m. edition of Shark Tank among 18-to-49-year-olds (98,447).

Here are Friday’s local news derby results for the 12th weekday of the February ratings “sweeps.”

CBS11 had the most total viewers at 10 p.m., but TEGNA8 won with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 remained unbeaten in February at 6 a.m. and NBC5 swept both the 5 and 6 p.m. competitions.

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