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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs., Feb. 11) -- splitting the spoils among Fox/Fox4 & CBS

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
CBS’ The Big Bang Theory remained Thursday night’s heaviest hitter while Fox’s two-hour American Idol also paid some dividends.

Big Bang drew 361,120 D-FW viewers and 114,325 in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old demographic to lead all programming in both measurements.

The closing 90 minutes of Idol then won in total viewers but trailed CBS’ Life in Pieces among 18-to-49-year-olds in the 7:30 to 8 p.m. slot.

At 9 p.m., Fox4’s local newscast won in both total viewers (184,142) and with 18-to-49-year-olds (50,811).

The return of ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder lagged in the 9 p.m. hour, finishing fourth in total viewers (106,236). But HTGAWM moved up to second place among 18-to-49-year-olds in competition among the Big Four broadcast networks.

Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders also had another prime-time debate Thursday. The originating network, PBS, averaged 63,742 total viewers in the 8 to 10 p.m. slot. CNN’s simulcast surpassed that with 84,989 total viewers.

Thursday’s lowest prime-time scorer among the Big Four broadcasters, NBC’s 7 p.m. episode of You, Me and the Apocalypse, drew 49,577 total viewers and 22,230 in the 18-to-49 age range.

Here are the local news derby results for the sixth weekday of the February “sweeps” ratings period.

NBC5 won at 10 p.m. in total viewers, but Fox4 pulled in the most 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 continued to dominate at 6 a.m. with another pair of twin wins. At 6 p.m., TEGNA8 had the most total viewers while Fox4 and NBC5 tied for the top spot among 25-to-54-year-olds.

There were more first-place ties at 5 p.m., with NBC5 and TEGNA8 sharing the lead in total viewers, and Fox4 and TEGNA8 splitting the 25-to-54 gold.

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Reporter Arezow Doost is exiting CBS11, relocating to Austin with husband (updated with her comments)

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By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
CBS11 reporter Arezow Doost, who is on maternity leave after having her second child in November, has decided to leave the station and relocate to Austin.

Her husband, Kevin Peters, recently began a job in Austin as a digital producer for IBM.

Doost has been with CBS11 since July 2008, initially as a freelancer and since October 2010 as a full-time reporter. CBS11 director of communications Lori Conrad confirmed her departure Thursday and said that Doost will not be returning to the station for any final goodbyes.

The 2001 University of Texas at Austin graduate joined CBS11 from Austin’s Fox affiliate, KTBC-TV, where she spent four years. Her first TV news job was at CBS station KZTV-TV in Corpus Christi, where she started in the summer of 2001.

“I’ve been so lucky to work here in North Texas,” Doost said. “I moved here as a young girl after a winding path from Kabul, Afghanistan. Looking back, I certainly never thought I would be working in television in D-FW. It’s been quite the journey. Now another journey is in front of me. My husband got a great opportunity to work in Austin. After talking it over, we felt it was something we just couldn’t pass up.

“I will miss everyone at CBS11 and our wonderful viewers . . . I look forward now to getting our growing family settled in Austin and to this next adventure in our lives.”

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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., Feb. 10) -- Idol romps before CBS takes control

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
Fox again hit it out of the park with American Idol before CBS hit back with its Wednesday night drama pairing.

Idol took the 7 p.m. hour with 283,296 D-FW viewers and 98,447 in the advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-old demographic.

CBS’ then had the top draws from 8 to 10 p.m. Criminals Minds drew 276,214 total viewers and 73,041 in the 18-to-49 age range before Code Black had respective totals of 219,554 and 66,690 viewers.

ABC again had the night’s lowest achiever among the Big Four broadcast networks. Its 9 p.m. episode of the critically acclaimed American Crime drew just 56,659 total viewers, with 9,527 in the 18-to-49 realm. So TEGNA8’s 10 p.m. newscast again can sue for malpractice as far as network lead-ins are concerned.

Speaking of that, here are the local news derby results for the fifth weekday of the February “sweeps” ratings period.

CBS11 ranked No. 1 in total viewers at 10 p.m., but Fox4 won comfortably among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 also again rolled with twin wins at 6 a.m. and had the most 25-to-54-year-olds at both 5 and 6 p.m. The total viewer golds went to NBC5 at 5 p.m. and CBS11 at 6 p.m.

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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., Feb. 9) -- everybody's a winner except ABC

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
CBS’ usual Tuesday lead-off hitter, the redoubtable NCIS, again led all prime-time programming while Fox and NBC also had their moments.

The Mark Harmon-led crime drama drew 410,779 D-FW viewers before the network’s NCIS: New Orleans dipped significantly but still easily took the 8 p.m. hour with 276,214 viewers.

NBC’s Chicago Fire and Fox4’s local newscasts shared the 9 p.m. lead with 169,978 viewers apiece.

NCIS also led at 7 p.m. with advertiser-craved 18-to-49-year-olds (79,393) before Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine (76,217) and The Grinder (53,987) ran first from 8 to 9 p.m. Fox4’s news then had enough juice to win the 9 p.m. hour with 38,108 viewers in this key demographic.

ABC continued to crater at 8 p.m. with Marvel’s Agent Carter, which had 42,494 total viewers and a sub-pitiful 6,351 in the 18-to-49 age range. Even The CW’s competing iZombie pounded Agent Carter among 18-to-49-year-olds, drawing 19,054 of ‘em.

Meanwhile, the three 24-hour cable news outlets battled for viewers on the night of the New Hampshire presidential primary. Fox News Channel won throughout prime-time, peaking at 141,648 total viewers between 8 and 9 p.m. FNC also had the night’s highest score among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming), pulling in 35,716 during the 8 p.m. hour. CNN ran second for the night and MSNBC, third.

Here are the local news derby results for the fourth weekday of the February “sweeps” ratings period.

NBC5 drew the most total viewers at 10 p.m. and tied TEGNA8 for first place among 25-to-54-year-olds.

Fox4 again swept the 6 a.m. races while the 6 p.m. golds were won by CBS11 in total viewers and TEGNA8 in the 25-to-54 age range.

At 5 p.m., NBC5 had the most total viewers but TEGNA8 and CBS11 shared the lead with 25-to-54-year-olds.

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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon., Feb. 8) -- The Bachelor & CBS come up roses

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
ABC’s The Bachelor and CBS’ trio of dramas split the prime-time spoils Monday.

In the 7 to 9 p.m. slot, The Bachelor won the first hour in total D-FW viewers, edging CBS’ competing and increasingly formidable Supergirl by a score of 240,802 to 226,637.

CBS’ Scorpion (318,708 viewers) and NCIS: Los Angeles (290,378) then controlled the 8 to 10 p.m. hours.

Among advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds, The Bachelor won from start to stop with an average of 88,920 viewers. At 9 p.m., NCIS (57,163) nipped NBC’s second hour of The Biggest Loser (53,987).

Fox’s 7 p.m. fourth episode of The X-Files, with two now left to go, lagged in third place in total viewers (191,225) but moved up to second place with 18-to-49-year-olds (63,514). But the network’s followup act, Lucifer, fell to fourth place in both ratings measurements among the Big Four broadcast networks.

Here are the local news derby results for the third weekday of the February “sweeps” ratings period.

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

Fox4 also as usual swept the 6 a.m. competitions while NBC5 stayed strong at 5 p.m. with twin wins.

CBS11 topped the 6 p.m. race in total viewers and tied NBC5 for first place with 25-to-54-year-olds.

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