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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs., Dec. 12) -- CBS comedies, Scandal set pace

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A new episode of CBS’ The Big Bang Theory as usual led Thursday’s prime-time ratings pack while ABC’s “winter finale” of Scandal fought off CBS’ Elementary in the 9 p.m. hour.

Big Bang drew 454,483 D-FW viewers before The Millers fell to 227,242 but still won the 7:30 p.m. slot. CBS’ The Crazy Ones (234,343 viewers) and Two and a Half Men (213,039) likewise ran first from 8 to 9 p.m.

The balance of ratings power then shifted to Scandal, which won’t be back until late February following the Winter Olympics. The ABC melodrama lured 234,343 viewers to edge CBS’ competing Elementary (227,242).

CBS’ quartet of comedies and Scandal also won their time slots among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds.

Fox’s 7 p.m. hour of The X Factor continued to be mostly a non-factor among the Big Four broadcast networks, finishing third in both measurements ahead of only ABC’s soon to be extinguished Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. In a further indignity, NBC’s competing The Sing Off outdrew X Factor to take the silver from 7 to 8 p.m.

In the cable universe, NFL Network’s San Diego Chargers-Denver Broncos game averaged 198,836 total viewers.

Thursday’s local news derby results brought good news to all four competitors, some more than others.

WFAA8 swept the 10 p.m. competitions in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

Fox4 ran the table at 6 a.m. and NBC5 notched firsts at 5 p.m. in total viewers and at 6 p.m. in the 25-to-54 demographic.

CBS11 had the most total viewers at 6 p.m.; Fox4 was No. 1 with 25-to-54-year-olds at 5 p.m.

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