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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., Dec. 18) -- big finishing kick for The Voice

NBC's Season 3 finale of The Voice controlled the last two hours of prime-time Tuesday after a repeat 7 p.m. warmup hour was thrashed by CBS' Christmas-themed NCIS.

The Voice, won by Cassadee Pope, averaged 392,399 D-FW viewers from 8 to 10 p.m. while CBS came in a solid second with its combo of NCIS: Los Angeles (323,557) and Las Vegas (254,715). But NCIS had the night's biggest overall audience, with 440,589 viewers in the 7 p.m. hour.

NCIS also won among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds before the live two hours of The Voice ruled in this key demographic during the 8 to 10 p.m. bloc.

ABC's Charlie Brown Christmas reprise made a decent third-place showing at 7 p.m. with 178,989 total viewers. Fox held down fourth place with its all-repeat lineup of sitcoms.

CW33's 9 p.m. Nightcap had one of its biggest audiences since the Nov. 1st premiere, thanks to a much better than usual lead-in from the CW network's It's A Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie. But Nightcap still had only 20,653 viewers after the Muppet movie averaged 55,074 (and 68,842 in its closing 8:45 to 9 p.m. segment).

Almost all of Nightcap's viewers were in the 18-to-49 age range, though. And after "hashmarks" (no measurable audience) in both measurements Monday night, Nightcap and its departing maestro, Larissa Hall, will happily smell the poinsettias.

In Tuesday's four-way local news derby results, NBC5 rode The Voice's bounteous lead-in sleigh to 10 p.m. wins in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

Otherwise it was all Fox4, with the station running the table (by very narrow margins in some cases) at 6 a.m. and at 5 and 6 p.m.