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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Sun, Jan. 4-6) -- Johnny F'ball ranks 2nd to RG3

Texas A&M's Friday night rout of Oklahoma, led by QB Johnny "Football" Manziel, ranked as D-FW's second most-watched weekend attraction, with Fox profiting even more from Sunday's Redskins-Seahawks playoff game.

The Robert Griffin III-fueled NFL faceoff, from which he emerged with another knee injury, averaged 922,483 viewers as Fox's late afternoon game Sunday. Fox's Friday prime-time telecast of the A&M-OU Cotton Bowl from Jerry's Palace averaged 812,336 viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research.

NBC's Saturday night Packers-Vikings playoff game had the weekend's third biggest audience with 681,536 viewers. CBS' Ravens-Colts matchup early Sunday afternoon drew 626,462 viewers while NBC's Saturday matinee, Texans and Bengals, trailed the football field with 605,810 viewers.

Sunday night's two-hour Season 3 premiere of PBS' Downton Abbey averaged 178,989 viewers, falling short of CBS' competing 8 to 10 p.m. combo of The Good Wife (192,758) and The Mentalist (213,410). The acclaimed World War I era melodrama also lost out to NBC's two-hour The Biggest Loser and Fox4's 9 p.m. local newscast, both with 213,410 viewers.

Here are Friday's local news derby numbers:

CBS11 ran first at 10 p.m. in total viewers while WFAA8 was tops with 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming. Fox4's late-nighter was delayed by the Cotton Bowl.

Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. competitions and WFAA8 did likewise at 5 and 6 p.m. Fox4's 6 p.m. news gave way to a Cotton Bowl preview special that won the timeslot among 25-to-54-year-olds but placed third in total viewers.