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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Sun., Dec. 13-15) -- more morbid fascination with cartoonish Cowboys

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Colossal Collapse.

Epic Embarrassment.

Surreal Stinker.

Call it what you will -- with the added notation that Sunday’s virtually unbelievable Dallas Cowboys’ home loss to the Green Bay Packers also was another million-plus seller in the D-FW Nielsen ratings.

Televised on Fox with A-Teamers Joe Buck and Troy Aikman presiding, the 37-36 defeat (after a 26-3 halftime lead) averaged 1,164,613 viewers. A peak crowd of 1,455,767 viewers watched the final minutes, which included Green Bay’s winning touchdown and Tony Romo’s second of two killer interceptions.

Last week’s blowout loss to the Chicago Bears had dipped below the one million viewer mark, making it only the second of this season’s 14 games to sink to that level. Dallas’ Sept. 22nd rout of the St. Louis Rams is the other underachiever.

The Philadelphia Eagles had smoothed the way for the Cowboys with their own foul-odored loss at doormat Minnesota. That game, which led into Cowboys-Packers, ranked second among Sunday’s four NFL attractions with 454,483 viewers on Fox.

NBC’s Sunday Night Football matchup of the Steelers and Bengals drew 333,761 viewers while CBS’ Dolphins-Patriots ranked as the loss leader with 149,127 viewers.

CBS’ Sunday night Survivor: Blood and Water finale lured 227,242 viewers from 7 to 9 p.m. to pace all non-football attractions.

On Saturday night, NBC’s repeat of its three-hour The Sound of Music Live dug a ratings valley with just 42,608 viewers. But none of the Big Four broadcast networks fared very well. The most-watched show, CBS’ 8 p.m. reprise of Frosty the Snowman, was the top draw with 113,621 viewers.

Friday’s overall prime-time topper was CBS’ Blue Bloods, which had 234,343 viewers in the 9 p.m. hour. ABC’s 8 p.m. episode of Shark Tank again had the most advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds.

In Friday’s 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 swept the 6 a.m. competitions while NBC5 notched a doubleheader win at 5 p.m. The 6 p.m. golds went to CBS11 in total viewers and WFAA8 in the 25-to-54 demographic.


Log onto TXA21 on Christmas Eve at 10 p.m. if you’d like your TV screen filled with images of a “roaring fire” accompanied by holiday music from the 98.7 FM KLUV radio library. The station will offer this feature throughout the night and all the way to 9 a.m. on Christmas Day.

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