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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon.-Tues., Dec. 19-20) -- Tony reward for NBC

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NBC’s splendid and star-studded two-hour celebration of Tony Bennett’s 90th birthday deservedly won its two-hour time slot Tuesday night.

Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best Is Yet to Come averaged 174,506 D-FW viewers from 8 to 10 p.m. CBS drew the night’s biggest crowd, however, with its 7 p.m. repeat of NCIS (232,675 viewers).

Among advertiser-craved 18-to-49-year-olds, Bennett won from 8 to 9 p.m. with 41,692 viewers. Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast then took over at 9 p.m. with 48107 viewers in this key demographic. Bennett slid to a third place tie with the second hour of ABC’s The Year: 2016 (35,278 viewers each). CBS’ Bull rerun took the silver with 38,484 viewers.

On Monday, NBC enjoyed a prime-time sweep in total viewers with a two-hour America’s Got Talent holiday special (239,946) and a 9 p.m. sneak preview of the big money game show, The Wall (210,862).

CBS ruined the party a bit in the 18-to-49 demographic with its 7 p.m. Oprah Winfrey/Michelle Obama special, which nipped the first hour of AGT. The Peacock then rolled for the rest of the night, with The Wall’s 89,799 viewers besting the combined offerings on Fox4, ABC and CBS.

Here are the Monday-Tuesday local news derby results.

Monday -- NBC5 swept the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. races in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming). But Fox4 held serve at 6 a.m. by edging the Peacock in both ratings measurements.

Tuesday -- NBC5 ran the table at 5 and 10 p.m. while Fox4 did likewise with dominating wins at 6 a.m. The 6 p.m. golds went to TEGNA8 in total viewers and NBC5 in the 25-to-54 age range.

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