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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Sun., Oct. 17-19) -- Another 1.5 million-plus crowd for Cowboys' latest win

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
The ratings windfalls just keep on coming as the Dallas Cowboys just keep on winning.

Sunday’s 31-21 victory over the New York Giants, which improved the Cowboys’ record to a stunning 6-1, became the third this season to cross the 1.5 million viewer threshold in D-FW.

Running from 3:25 to 6:25 p.m. on Fox, the game averaged 1,576,124 viewers to rank just below the Sunday, Oct. 12th upset of Seattle (1,604,020) and the Sept. 28th prime-time rout of the Saints (1,583,093).

Cowboys-Giants drew 690,682 viewers in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49 age range. That’s also short of the 747,451 for Cowboys-Seahawks.

In prime-time, Peyton Manning broke Brett Favre’s career touchdown pass mark by tossing four of ‘em against the powerless San Francisco 49ers, who handed the Cowboys their only loss so far in the season-opener for both teams. The 42-17 rout, which ended at 10:38 p.m., averaged 599,764 total viewers on NBC’s Sunday Night Football. Manning broke the record at 8:42 p.m. (central). During the 8:30 to 8:45 increment measured by Nielsen, 690,426 viewers were tuned in. By the end of the game, that number had shrunk to 299,882 viewers.

Saturday’s collège football cavalcade not surprisingly was led by ABC’s prime-time match between No. 2 Florida State and No. 5 Notre Dame. Florida State’s down-to-the-wire 31-27 win (in which a Notre Dame TD pass was negated by a penalty in the closing seconds), averaged 278,960 total viewers.

Earlier Saturday on CBS, Alabama’s 59-0 demolition of Texas A&M drew 174,350 viewers to rank second among the day’s football attractions.

Friday’s prime-time ratings again were led in total viewers by CBS’ Blue Bloods (195,272). CBS’ The Amazing Race was the top draw among 18-to-49-year-olds with 75,691. TXA21’s Dallas Mavericks-Cleveland Cavaliers pre-season game had 90,662 total viewers and 34,692 in the 18-to-49 demographic.

The second episode of ABC’s Dallas-set Cristela sitcom ranked second from 7:30 to 8 p.m. in total viewers (132,506) but only fourth among 18-to-49-year-olds behind Amazing Race, Fox’s second half of Utopia and that portion of the Mavs-Cavs game.

Here are Friday’s local news derby numbers.

Gannett8 swept the 10 p.m. competitions in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds.

Fox4 ran the table at 6 a.m.; Gannett8 had the most total viewers at 6 p.m. and tied Fox4 for the top spot with 25-to-54-year-olds.

At 5 p.m., NBC5 won in total viewers while Fox4 and CBS11 shared the lead in the 25-to-54 measurement.

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None do it better than Fox4's pet smart duo

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Jennifer Myers, Jenny Anchondo and Little Boy Blue. Photo: Ed Bark

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
Adopt-a-pet segments are staples of weekend morning newscasts. On D-FW’s Fox4, they’re also something of an art form.

Anchor Jenny Anchondo and meteorologist Jennifer Myers make these spots purr -- to the point where they’ve become almost mandatory feel-good viewing at unclebarky.com central.

Near the end of Saturday’s show, Anchondo and Myers welcomed inquisitive Little Boy Blue, who licked his way through their makeup when not trying to see himself in a nearby TV monitor. His human acquaintances again seemed more than happy to roll with it. Myers generally is more of the hands-on handler while Anchondo gives viewers the Operation Kindness specifics on how and where to adopt. But just as often as not, they each get temporary custody of a play-along pet.

Your friendly content provider with the pet-friendly surname invites you to take a look some Saturday morning. You’ll see that Fox4 clearly is best of show in this realm, with Anchondo and Myers making the very most of their time whatever furry buddy or buddies show up.

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Updating former KDFW-TV sports anchor Ted Dawson (who's still in there pitching)

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By ED BARK
Hundreds of D-FW news, sports and weather anchors have come and gone during your friendly content provider’s way-too-long tenure as a TV critic.

So let’s play catchup once in a while.

Back in September, 1987, a sonic boom of a sports anchor, Ted Dawson, became the featured scorekeeper at KDFW-TV (now known as Fox4). He was the only guy capable of sometimes making Gannett8’s Dale Hansen seem like a drizzle to his thunderclap.

“I tell ya what, I love the Dallas-Fort Worth area! I tell ya what!” he exclaimed on his opening sportscast while seated next to news anchors Steve Bosh and Clarice Tinsley. Dawson then gave the anchor desk a couple of fist raps for emphasis.

After surviving for 10 years at KABC-TV in Los Angeles, Dawson arrived in these parts as a veritable Godzilla stomping through Manhattan. His first two sportscasts for KDFW were a TV critic’s dream.

Dawson on Texas Rangers catcher Geno Petralli inadvertently beaning the Oakland A’s’ base-stealing Carney Lansford: “Here’s the throw from Petralli. Bang! Right in the head! That’s why ya always wear a helmet.”

Dawson touting a Rangers home run: “Storm Davis makes a mistake. Ka-boom!!! Bob Brower takes him for a ride to right field. Get outta here! That ball is a memory, folks.”

Excitable Ted also made a sure-fire Monday Night Football prediction during his first “Ted’s Tout” segment. The New York Giants were favored by only a single point over the Chicago Bears. But Dawson picked the New Yorkers to win “by at least 10” over a team that was “a mere shadow of the one that beat New England in Super Bowl XX.”

“Ya gotta love it!” he added, referring to the teensy one-point spread. “Ya can bet the family farm on this one! This is a dead solid lock!”

Except that The Bears won by 15 points.

Yes, Dawson was the gift that kept on giving during his tenure at KDFW, which ended in 1993. He’s dropped a few market sizes since then after being the TV voice for the Boise State Broncos for Boise’s KCBI-TV. Since January 2011, Dawson, 70, has been sports director/sports anchor for KBZK-TV in Bozeman, Montana and KXLF-TV in Butte, Montana.

In that capacity, he took the “Go Figure Slim Down” challenge with KBZK/KXLF sales and business development manager Greg Metzger. Below is video of Ted touting his weight loss with the same enthusiasm he once brought to KDFW. Guess you gotta love it.



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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed.-Thurs., Oct. 15-16) -- a close Thursday Night Football game again does the prime-time trick

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
CBS’ Thursday Night Football as usual ruled prime-time while ABC’s three-pronged Shonda Rhimes night again ran a solid second.

Gifted with a second close game after four consecutive blowouts, the Patriots’ 27-25 win over the Jets (7:25 to 10:29 p.m.) averaged 355,674 D-FW viewers while the NFL Network’s simulcast tacked on another 76,714.

Among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, CBS had 154,536 viewers and the NFL Network, 53,615.

ABC’s prime-time lineup was led by an 8 p.m. episode of Scandal, which drew 251,064 total viewers and 126,152 in the 18-to-49 demographic.

NBC’s two freshman sitcoms, Bad Judge and A to Z, respectively finished third and fourth in total viewers from 8 to 9 p.m. The second half of Fox’s Gracepoint managed to beat A to Z but lost decisively among 18-to-49-year-olds to both Peacock comedies.

In Wednesday’s prime-time competition, CBS’ Survivor won at 7 p.m. in total viewers before ABC’s Modern Family beat the first half of CBS’ Criminal Minds in that measurement. Minds then ran first from 8:30 to 9 p.m., as did CBS’ Stalker in the 9 p.m. hour.

Wednesday’s 18-to-49 winners were Survivor, Modern Family, the second half of Criminal Minds and Fox4’s resilient 9 p.m. local newscast, which doubled the audience for Fox’s preceding Red Band Society.

Here are the Wednesday and Thursday local news derby results.

Wednesday -- CBS11 had the most total viewers at 10 p.m., but Fox4 won among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. competitions and CBS11 had the most total viewers at both 5 and 6 p.m. The 5 and 6 p.m. wins among 25-to-54-year-olds respectively went to Gannett8 and Fox4.

Thursday -- Gannett8 comfortably won a downsized three-way competition at 10 p.m. in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds.

Fox4 and Gannett8 tied for the most total viewers at 6 a.m., with Fox4 alone atop the 25-to-54 heap.

NBC5 swept the 5 p.m. competitions and also won at 6 p.m. among 25-to-54-year-olds. CBS11 had the most total viewers at 6 p.m.

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CBS11 tabs Gilma Avalos as weekend morning news anchor

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By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
D-FW’s CBS11 has hired Gilma Avalos to anchor its fledgling weekend morning newscasts.

She’ll join the station on Oct. 27th, teaming with recently hired meteorologist Lisa Villegas, CBS11 announced Thursday.

Avalos, a Columbia University graduate, arrives from Miami’s NBC station, WTVJ-TV, where she spent three years. As a 12-year-old, she broke into the TV biz as the host of Paleokids, a Discovery Channel Latin America children’s show.

CBS11’s weekend morning newscasts run from 8 to 9 a.m. on Saturday and from 7 to 8 a.m. on Sunday.

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