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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Sun., Jan. 18-20)

The Packers finally beat the Cowboys -- in a few of this season's ratings battles at least.

Sunday's night bonafide arctic blast from Green Bay's Lambeau Field averaged 763,387 D-FW homes from actual start (5:44 p.m.) to overtime finish (9:12). The Fox telecast peaked at 920,657 homes in its final 15-minute slice of frozen tundra. Um, the Giants won. Still trying to blank that out.

The overall audience for the NFC championship game topped four regular season Cowboys games to finish 13th on that 16-game list behind the Dec. 22nd Cowboys-Panthers game on MY27 and cable's NFL Network (780,001 D-FW homes).

Dallas' Jan. 13th loss at the hands of the Giants topped all games with a massive average of 1,131,992 D-FW homes on Fox.

CBS essentially threw away the latest season finale of The Amazing Race by scheduling it opposite Packers-Giants. It averaged just 119,344 homes in D-FW.

Earlier Sunday, the still unbeaten Patriots' hard-fought win over the Chargers in the AFC championship game averaged 518,783 homes locally on CBS.

Comparatively, the most-watched program at any time of the day Saturday was Belo8's 10 p.m. newscast, with 172,928 homes. Football is King Kong here.

In Friday's local newscast skirmishes, Belo8 took the gold at 10 p.m. in both total homes and with 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

Fox4 had 6 a.m. wins in both ratings measurements, beating runnerup Belo8 in homes and second place NBC5 in the 25-to-54 demo.

The Peacock also ran first at 5 and 6 p.m. among 25-to-54-year-olds. Belo8 took both battles in total homes.