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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., Oct. 29) -- Game 7 classic gives Fox a clean sweep

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
The ratings have shown time and again that D-FW is not very big on baseball unless the Texas Rangers are topping the American League standings or competing in the post-season. Otherwise, zzzzzzz -- compared to many other TV markets.

But attention must be paid when the World Series offers a rare Game 7 in addition to a classic clutch performance by Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner. Nielsen numbers for Wednesday’s 3-2 Giants win over the Royals at least were in the vicinity of an average Sunday Night Football game. And they were more than good enough to dominate the prime-time terrain.

Ending at 10:21 p.m., Game 7 averaged 474,232 viewers and 220,766 in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old demographic. The total viewers audience peaked at 641,608 between 9 and 9:15 p.m. The 18-to-49 high came in that 15-minute segment and and during the closing minutes of the game, when 309,072 viewers were tuned in.

Opposite the World Series, CBS’ 8 p.m. episode of Criminal Minds took Wednesday night’s runner-up spot in total viewers with 251,064 while ABC’s 8 p.m. episode of Modern Family led among 18-to-49-year-olds (88,306).

On the eve of the November “sweeps” ratings period, which starts on Halloween eve, here are the local news derby results.

Gannett8 won a downsized three-way race at 10 p.m. in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

The 6 a.m. golds were split between NBC5 in total viewers and Fox4 in the 25-to-54 demographic.

A three-way 6 p.m. race (Fox4 had a World Series pre-game show) was won by CBS11 in total viewers and Gannett8 with 25-to-54-year-olds.

Gannett8 ran first at 5 p.m. in total viewers and shared the 25-to-54 lead with CBS11.

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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., Oct. 28) -- split decision for Mavs season opener vs. Game 6 of World Series

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
The Dallas Mavericks’ season opener at San Antonio went head-to-head with Game 6 of the World Series throughout most of prime-time Tuesday.

You win some, you lose some, which is what happened.

From 7 to 9:30 p.m., when the two attractions squared off, the Royals’ eventual 10-0 rout of the Giants on Fox averaged 223,168 D-FW viewers to outscore the Spurs’ 101-100 win over the Mavs on TNT (181,324 viewers).

But it was a decidedly different outcome among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds. In that key measurement, Mavs-Spurs had 100,922 viewers compared to 85,153 for the World Series.

CBS had Tuesday’s two biggest overall draws, though. NCIS led at 7 p.m. with 404,492 total viewers while its spinoff, NCIS: New Orleans, pulled in 376,596 viewers during the 8 p.m. hour. NBC’s The Voice, which aired from 7 to 8 p.m., had the night’s top haul of 18-to-49-year-olds (148,229).

At the other end of the ratings teeter totter, ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the network’s Great Halloween Fright Fight tied for the fewest total viewers among the Big Four broadcast networks. Each had 97,636. CBS’ Person of Interest ranked lowest with 18-to-49-year-olds (34,692).

Here are Tuesday’s local news derby results.

With the World Series running until 10:30 p.m., CBS11 led a downsized three-way 10 p.m. race in total viewers while Gannett8 ran first with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 ran the table at 6 a.m. and Gannett8 did likewise at 5 p.m. Gannett8 and CBS11 tied for the most total viewers at 6 p.m., but Gannett8 had the top spot to itself among 25-to-54-year-olds.

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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon., Oct. 27) -- deflating Cowboys thriller is also another 1.5 million-plus bestseller

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
The ratings meters keep clicking for the Dallas Cowboys, whose stunning 20-17 overtime loss to the Washington Redskins is the fourth of eight games this season to soar past the 1.5 million mark in D-FW viewers.

Running from 7:30 to 10:42 p.m. under the Monday Night Football banner, the broadcast station simulcast on Gannett8 averaged 1,004,256 million viewers while ESPN drew an additional 571,868. The grand total of 1,576,124 viewers replicated Fox’s Sunday, Oct. 19th total for the Cowboys home win over the New York Giants.

This season’s D-FW record-setter is still the Cowboys’ upset of Seattle, which averaged 1,604,020 viewers on Fox. Dallas’ rout of the New Orleans Saints on NBC’s Sunday Night Football remains in the runner-up slot with 1,583,093 viewers.

Just three of last season’s 16 games hit the 1.5 million-plus mark while another three drew fewer than 1 million total viewers.

Among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, Monday’s Cowboys-Redskins game drew 425,763 viewers on Gannett8 and 309,072 on ESPN.

Rival networks sent potent programming to battle the Cowboys while Gannett8 sent ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and Castle into wee morning hours for a DVR workout.

NBC’s two-hour edition of The Voice fared the best overall with 265,012 total viewers from 7 to 9 p.m. CBS’ highest scorer was an 8 p.m. episode of Scorpion (223,168 viewers) while Fox scored highest with a 7 p.m. hour of Gotham (118,558 viewers). The first half-hours of The Voice and Gotham had the good fortune to air opposite pre-game blab rather than the game itself.

For the record, the 6:30 to 7 p.m. portion of sports anchor Dale Hansen’s homegrown Gannett8 warmup show drew 251,064 total viewers and 88,306 in the 18-to-49 demographic. During that half-hour, the ESPN network’s buildup had respective totals of 139,480 and 56,768 viewers.

Here are Monday’s local news derby results.

NBC5 had the most total viewers in a downsized three-way 10 p.m. race while Fox4 was tops with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming. Ratings were greatly deflated by the competing Cowboys game, allowing NBC5 to run first in total viewers with just 111,584.

Fox4 again swept the 6 a.m. competitions and also took both golds at 6 p.m. NBC5 notched a doubleheader win at 5 p.m. Gannett8’s 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts, saturated with cheerleading Cowboys pre-game coverage, ran second across the board.

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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Sun., Oct.24-26) -- Sunday Night Football doubles up on competing Game 5 of World Series

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
The Saints’ rout of the Packers on NBC’s Sunday Night Football dominated prime-time while Fox’s competing Game 5 of the World Series battled CBS’ regular lineup for a distant second place.

SNF averaged 509,102 D-FW viewers while the Giants’ 5-0 win over the Royals drew 244,090. CBS’ prime-time attractions were pushed back an hour because of the Pittsburgh Steelers-Indianapolis Colts over-run. Here’s how it looked in each one-hour prime-time increment.

7 to 8 P.M.

The World Series and 60 Minutes tied with 299,882 total viewers apiece.

8 to 9 P.M.

Madam Secretary -- 299,882
World Series -- 223,168

9 to 10 P.M.

The Good Wife -- 230,142
World Series -- 223,168

Saints-Packers also drew twice as many advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds as the World Series, which in turn out-scored the CBS lineup in each hour to finish second in this key demographic among the Big Four broadcast networks. But as usual, AMC’s The Walking Dead flexed among 18-to-49-year-olds, beating everything but Sunday Night Football from 8 to 9 p.m.

Saturday’s Game 4 of the World Series, which stretched all the way to 11:08 p.m., fared better by controlling that night’s ratings in both audience measurement. Overall, the game averaged 230,142 total viewers while also cruising with 18-to-49-year-olds. Despite the lopsided 11-4 Giants win, the Series even beat the first half-hour of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, with host Jim Carrey, in the 18-to-49 demographic.

As a warmup for Game 4, Fox spent much of the afternoon and early evening with TCU’s 82-27 mega-crushing of Texas Tech. The game mercifully ended at 6:30 p.m. and dominated its time slot with an average of 195,272 total viewers. Then came ESPN’s prime-time matchup between LSU and Mississippi, which led the entire Saturday college football parade with an average of 209,220 total viewers.

On Friday night, the closest game of the World Series, a 3-2 win by the Royals, still fell short of CBS’ The Amazing Race and Blue Bloods in the total viewer Nielsens from 7 to 8 p.m. and 9 to 10 p.m. Game 3 also barely beat ABC’s Shark Tank in the 8 p.m. hour. Running until 10:25 p.m., Royals-Giants overall averaged 223,168 total viewers.

But Game 3 of the Series was the top draw all night among 18-to-49-year-olds. And in an otherwise ratings-starved fall for Fox, even diminishing returns for recent World Series match-ups amount to a late October windfall.

Also on Friday, the premiere of NBC’s supernatural Constantine ran fourth in total viewers from 9 to 10 p.m. with 90,662. It was the same story with 18-to-49-year-olds.

OK, let’s finish up with Friday’s local news derby results.

At 10 p.m., CBS11 won a downsized three-way race in total viewers while Gannett8 ran first among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. competitions and CBS11 topped the total viewer Nielsens at both 5 and 6 p.m. Gannett 8 took the 5 and 6 p.m. golds in the 25-to-54 measurement.

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Former CBS11 morning anchor Brendan Higgins reaches agreement with Aspen authorities

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By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
There has been a resolution in the case involving Aspen, Colo. authorities and former CBS11 early morning news anchor Brendan Higgins.

In a statement sent Friday afternoon to unclebarky.com and other outlets, Higgins said he will have no further comment on the matter. As first reported on unclebarky.com in August, Higgins was arrested in August by Aspen authorities and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. A police report said that Higgins, 46, allegedly was severely intoxicated at the time. CBS11 then quickly dropped him.

Here is Higgins’ complete statement:

“I have entered a deferred prosecution agreement with the City of Aspen that will ensure all the municipal court charges against me will be dropped within six months. As I said shortly after my arrest, I am deeply sorry for the negative attention this situation brought to my family, our friends, my coworkers and the hard-working authorities in Aspen. While unfortunate, this incident has provided a valuable lesson that I will not soon forget, and I dearly appreciate the many messages of support sent to my family and me over the past couple months. We are looking forward to moving on to bigger, brighter things.”

CBS11 news staffer Jason Allen has been co-anchoring the station’s early morning newscasts with incumbent Adrienne Bankert after Higgins’ departure. But CBS11 representatives say no decision has been made regarding a full-time early morning anchor.

The No. 4-rated program’s picture got blurrier Friday after unclebarky.com’s post that traffic reporter Whitney Drolen has resigned and plans to get out of the television business.

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