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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs., Jan. 18) -- something for everyone

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
The prime-time pie got split four ways Thursday, with CBS getting the biggest portion while ABC and NBC got little tastes.

CBS’ The Big Bang Theory as usual ranked as the night’s biggest scorer, both in total D-FW viewers (391,716) and among advertiser-craved 18-to-49-year-olds (109,221). The network’s Young Sheldon, Mom and Life In Pieces also won in total viewers from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

The second half of ABC’s Grey Anatomy snuck in for an 18-to-49 win from 7:30 to 8 p.m. And NBC’s Will & Grace pulled in the most 18-to-49-year-olds from 8 to 8:30 p.m. before Life In Pieces trampolined upward to win on that scorecard from 8:30 to 9 p.m.

After again getting little help from Fox’s two-hour chunk of The Four: Battle for Stardom, Fox4’s 9 p.m. newscast rebounded to comfortably win at that hour in both ratings measurements. The news had more than twice as many 18-to-49-year-olds -- 84,256 -- as The Four (40,568).

Here are Thursday’s four-way local news derby results.

TEGNA8 ran first at 10 p.m. in total viewers while Fox4 was tops with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 notched another pair of 6 a.m. wins and NBC5 ran the table at 5 p.m. The 6 p.m. firsts went to CBS11 in total viewers and the Peacock among 25-to-54-year-olds.

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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., Jan. 17) -- 9-1-1 still rescuing Fox while X-Files keeps flailing

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
Already renewed for a second season, Episode 3 of Fox’s 9-1-1 continued to perform Wednesday.

Handily winning its 8 p.m. slot, the semi-sudsy rescue drama also ranked as the day’s most-watched show with 227,907 D-FW viewers. But it slipped some with advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, losing its first half-hour to ABC’s Modern Family and from 8:30 to 9 p.m. to the second half of NBC’s Law & Order: SVU. MF was the night’s biggest draw among 18-to-49ers with 65,533.

Fox’s 7 p.m. lead-off hitter, The X-Files, continued to falter with a last place finish in total viewers (113,954) among the Big Four broadcast networks. X-Files fared a bit better with 18-to-49-year-olds, placing third ahead of NBC’s competing The Blacklist. CBS’ The Amazing Race was the top 7 p.m. scorer in both ratings measurements.

Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast continued its string of strong showings with a sweep at that hour in total viewers and with 18-to-49-year-olds.

Over on FX, Part 1 of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story opened weakly at 9 p.m. with 21,663 total viewers and 9,362 within the 18-to-49 age range. Those numbers could improve significantly with later viewings via a variety of “platforms.”

And now for Wednesday’s local news derby results.

Fox4 enjoyed sweeps at both 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. in total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming). And NBC5 basked in a doubleheader win at 5 p.m.

The 6 p.m. golds went to TEGNA8 in total viewers and Fox4 with 25-to-54-year-olds.

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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., Jan. 16) -- NBC mostly in charge

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
NBC’s one-two Tuesday punch of Ellen’s Game of Games and This Is Us dominated before Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast capped the night with a two-pronged win.

Game of Games drew a nice-sized 292,006 D-FW viewers in the 7 p.m. hour, nearly equaling the following This Is Us (299,128). Both also won their time slots among advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds, with Game of Games pulling in 102,980 before This Is Us had 134,186.

Fox4’s news then won at 9 p.m. with 227,907 total viewers and 59,291 in the 18-to-49 age range. It helped that CBS punted with wall-to-wall reruns of its usually formidable drama lineup.

The CW’s 8 p.m. premiere of the DC Comics superhero drama Black Lightning settled for a light sprinkle in these parts. It drew just 28,488 total viewers and 9,362 in the 18-to-49 realm.

ABC’s 9 p.m. entry, Kevin (Probably) Saves the World, won’t have to worry about that much longer. It ran last at that hour among the Big Four broadcast networks in both total viewers (64,099) and 18-to-49ers (12,482).

Here are Tuesday’s local news derby results.

CBS11 nipped NBC5 for the most total viewers at 10 p.m., but the Peacock won with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

The 6 a.m. ratings were notably inflated with extra viewers who wondered about street conditions and possible school closings. Fox4 as usual had twin wins, luring more total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds than its newscasts at 5, 6 or 10 p.m. The 25-to-54 haul of 144,124 viewers was exceeded by only one other Tuesday TV attraction -- This Is Us with 173,537.

Fox4 also won at 5 and 6 p.m. among 25-to-54-year-olds. NBC5 had the most total viewers at 5 p.m. and TEGNA8 took the 6 p.m. gold in that measurement.

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CBS11 anchor Kaley O'Kelley taking leave of absence for surgical procedure

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By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
Kaley O’Kelley, CBS11’s weekday 5, 6 and 10 p.m. co-anchor since January 2015, is taking an extended leave of absence to have preventative surgery.

O’Kelley, in a live Facebook chat Friday with co-anchor Doug Dunbar, said she’ll undergo a hysterectomy on Wednesday, Jan. 17th and likely will be off the air for four to six weeks.

She managed to get the word out in the face of constant interjections from Dunbar, who obviously was well-meaning but became aggravatingly intrusive during an almost 17-minute video posted early Friday evening.

O’Kelley noted that she had an ovarian cyst and both of her fallopian tubes removed a “couple of years ago” after a “cancer scare.” She had been experiencing back pain.

Late last year, she was hit with “excruciating pain just before the holidays.” O’Kelley’s Scottsdale, Arizona-based doctor, who delivered both of her children, eventually recommended a hysterectomy after expressing “some serious concerns about what is happening,” she said.

Dunbar then noted that he’s not a doctor, but “the reality is they cut you pretty deep and the recovery takes a long time.”

He also noted, “It’s surgery. It’s gonna suck for a while. Let’s just be real.”

Later, Dunbar detailed the pain he experienced after his surgery for a hernia. “But yours is much bigger and broader obviously,” he conceded. In reality, though, Dunbar did much of the talking -- at the start, at the finish and in between. He even launched a competition about who would buy dinner before O’Kelley’s last 10 p.m. newscast for a while on Friday, Jan. 12th.

O’Kelley said she can’t wait for it to be over. “Listen to your body. If you think something’s going on, go get checked,” she urged.

CBS11’s Gilma Avalos will fill in during O’Kelley’s absence, she said.

O’Kelley likely will miss the February “sweeps” ratings period, but it’s considered a throwaway because of NBC’s telecasts of the Winter Olympics during much of that month. So the timing at least is pretty optimum.

All the best to O’Kelley for a successful procedure and a full recovery.

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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Mon., Jan. 12-15) -- foul weather friend for Fox4

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
It seldom if ever fails. Impending or ongoing bad weather is a boon for local newscast ratings.

Fox4’s 9 p.m. news felt the warmth Monday. The hour-long broadcast, with a heavy emphasis on imminent below-freezing temps and possible slip ’n’ slide roads, comfortably won its time slot with 320,495 D-FW viewers while also ranking as the most-watched program of the day.

The news likewise was Monday’s top draw among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, with 109,221 viewers. ABC’s The Good Doctor, which usually dominates the 9 p.m. hour, settled for second with 249,274 total viewers and 87,377 in the 18-to-49 age range.

From 7 to 9 p.m., ABC’s The Bachelor prevailed with 170,930 total viewers and 78,015 in the 18-to-49 realm.

On to the weekend, where the ratings were dominated by Sunday’s jaw-dropping, Hail Mary playoff win by the Minnesota Vikings over the New Orleans Saints. Airing on Fox, the game averaged 918,751 total viewers and 252,629 in the 18-to-49 demographic.

CBS’ preceding Jacksonville Jaguars-Pittsburgh Steelers face-off pulled in 655,233 total viewers and 224,683 of the 18-to-49 persuasion.

On Saturday, NBC’s mid-afternoon/early evening Philadelphia Eagles-Atlanta Falcons matchup had 591,134 total viewers and 187,2365 within the 18-to-49 motherlode.

The CBS nightcap, with the New England Patriots routing the Tennessee Titans, was the weekend’s lowest overall scorer with 548,402 total viewers. But it drew more 18-to-49-year-olds -- 205,960 -- than Eagles-Falcons.

Friday’s prime-time parade was led by CBS’ Blue Bloods in total viewers (284,884) and NBC’s Dateline among 18-to-49-year-olds (40,568).

Here are the four-way local news derby results for Friday and Monday.

Friday -- CBS11 ended its latest lengthy drought with a 10 p.m. win in total viewers while Fox4 ran first with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. competitions and NBC5 did the same at 5 p.m.

The 6 p.m. golds went to CBS11 in total viewers and Fox4 with 25-to-54-year-olds.

Monday -- TEGNA8 took the top spot in total viewers at 10 p.m., but Fox4 again prevailed among 25-to-54-year-olds.

Fox4 as usual ran the table at 6 a.m. and NBC5 repeated its twin wins at 5 p.m.

TEGNA8 drew the most total viewers at 6 p.m., and Fox4 won with 25-to-54-year-olds.

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