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Two D-FW stations make history (one of them with a mere third place finish) in May "sweeps" newscast ratings

The May “sweeps” turned out to be history-making for Fox4 and CBS11 -- both of which achieved firsts at the expense of Gannett8.

We’ve got all the details, including year-to-year ups and downs, on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page. You won’t find this kind of independent, unfettered information anywhere else. Hey, it’s true.
Ed Bark

Heading on an adventure -- and again leaving lots behind

Long-planned trips sometimes get in the way of best-laid plans. So your friendly content provider will be missing a few things -- including the Mad Men and David Letterman finales -- while away from this grindstone. Some of the networks’ new season announcements, which continue this week, also will have to wait until after Memorial Day. As will the results of the May “sweeps” D-FW newscast wars.

But hey, I’ve left plenty behind, including reviews of the following (with links).

Wayward Pines (Fox) -- Thursday, May 14th.

Bessie (HBO) -- Saturday, May 16th.

Texas Rising (History network) -- Monday, May 25th.

Grace and Frankie (Netflix) -- newly streaming.

You also can find our compendium of vintage David Letterman articles on the Back Channels page. Individual links were posted earlier on Above the Fold.

See you soon and thanks for your continued readership!
Ed Bark

Reviewing Netflix's Grace and Frankie -- after first seeing all 13 Season 1 episodes

Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen join together -- and split apart -- in Netflix’s Grace and Frankie. It gets better with age, aka, episodes. And its four stars, all in their 70s, can still bring it. Our review is here.
Ed Bark

NBC and Fox announce their fall/midseason fare

It’s that time again. NBC and Fox are first to the starting gates with their new season re-starts.

All the details on NBC’s 2015-’16 plans -- and cancellations -- can be found right here.

Also, the weekend D-FW Nielsen ratings “snapshot” is posted, with a spotlight on NBC5’s split-screen golf/storm coverage Sunday.

Ditto for Fox -- right here.
Ed Bark

Texas Rising. And falling. And failing

Your friendly content provider is soon embarking on a long-planned trip. Hence the early reviews of some notable TV attractions that will air during my absence.

History channel’s five-part, 10-hour Texas Rising doesn’t premiere until Memorial Day. But our review is now posted and you can find it right here.

Plus, the Wednesday-Thursday D-FW Nielsen ratings “snapshots” again show the ratings power of bad weather.
Ed Bark