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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs., June 23) -- not feeling much of a Draft

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With the Dallas Mavericks waiting until deep into the night to make their only pick, the 2016 NBA draft slogged along with little ratings impact Thursday night on ESPN.

The Rajon Rondo-spiked lowly No. 46 pick in Round 2 didn’t come until 10:44 p.m. for the Mavs, who selected 7-foot Purdue center A.J. Hammons. From 10:30 to 10:45 p.m. -- Nielsen Media Research measures in 15-minute increments -- the draft had 28,330 D-FW viewers and 12,703 in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49 age range. Overall, the entire draft averaged 56,659 total viewers and 28,581 in the 18-to-49 realm.

The night’s biggest draw, CBS’ 7 p.m. rerun of The Big Bang Theory, drew 177,060 total viewers. CBS’ 8 p.m. hour of Big Brother led all programming among 18-to-49-year-olds with 76,217.

Here are Thursday’s local news derby results.

TEGNA8 had the most total viewers at 10 p.m., but NBC5 won among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

The Peacock also swept the 5 and 6 p.m. competitions while Fox4 did likewise at 6 a.m.

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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., June 22) -- Rangers clean up

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Fox Sports Southwest continues to enjoy itself this summer, with the first-place Texas Rangers again beating the best the Big Four networks have to offer.

The North Texas Nine started another winning streak Wednesday night by beating the lowly visiting Cincinnati Reds 6-4. The game led all programming in both total viewers (198,307) and advertiser-craved 18-to-49-year-olds (76,217). And starting Friday night, the marquee Boston Red Sox and “Big Papi” come to town. It will only get better ratings-wise.

Except for ABC, the Big Four Broadcast networks weren’t just throwing reruns out there. CBS and Fox had all-new lineups and NBC offered a new episode of The Night Shift at 9 p.m.

Fox’s 7 p.m. episode of Masterchef ran a distant second in total viewers with 127,483 while CBS’ 7 to 9 p.m. edition of Big Brother was the runner-up among 18-to-49-year-olds (53,987).

CBS’ 9 p.m. premiere of the murder mystery drama series American Gothic limped in with 63,742 total viewers and 19,054 in the 18-to-49 age range. It outdrew only ABC’s competing comedy reruns at that hour.

Here are Wednesday’s local news derby results.

TEGNA8 swept the 10 p.m. competitions for the second weeknight in a row with wins in total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 had twin wins at 6 a.m. NBC5 ran the table at 6 p.m. and won in total viewers at 5 p.m. Fox4 and NBC5 shared the 5 p.m. lead with 25-to-54-year-olds.

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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., June 21) -- Talent is tops

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NBC’s two-hour hunk of America’s Got Talent dominated Tuesday’s prime-time numbers while helping the network’s following Maya & Marty comedy-variety hour to also perform decently.

AGT drew 325,790 D-FW viewers and also had the most advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds (88,920). M&M dropped off sharply but still had enough ratings juice to run second at 9 p.m. in total viewers (134,566) behind CBS’ competing Person of Interest (155,813) while winning its time slot among the Big Four broadcast networks in the key 18-to-49 demographic (34,933 viewers).

ABC’s pair of Uncle Buck episodes tied for second from 8 to 9 p.m. in total viewers and had the runner-up slot to itself among 18-to-49-year-olds. From 9 to 10 p.m., ABC’s two editions of its rebooted To Tell the Truth fell to fourth place in both ratings measurements.

On Fox Sports Southwest, the first-place Texas Rangers fell behind early and had their seven-game winning streak snapped by the visiting Cincinnati Reds, who won 8-2. Rangers-Reds averaged 155,813 total viewers and 57,163 in the 18-to-49 age range. Overall, that made the game Tuesday’s No. 2 prime-time attraction behind AGT.

Here are Tuesday’s local news derby results.

TEGNA8 ranked No. 1 at 10 p.m. in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. competitions and also ran the table at 5 p.m. NBC5 then scored with twin wins at 6 p.m.

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Real Housewives of Dallas reunion show leaves more ratings skid marks


RHOD executive producer/host Andy Cohen is flanked by combustible LeeAnne Locken (left) and Brandi “Jesus Juice” Redmond for Sunday night’s season-ending “Reunion” show. Bravo photo

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Sunday’s tacked-on and typically contentious “super-sized” Real Housewives of Dallas reunion show otherwise went quietly -- as usual -- in the national Nielsen ratings.

Bolstered by a lead-in audience of 1,255,000 from Bravo’s Shahs of Sunset, RHOD dipped to 835,000 viewers and just 346,000 in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old demographic.

In the latter key measurement, that knocked RHOD out of the Sunday cable universe’s top-rated 100 programs compiled by tvbythenumbers. Its number of total viewers was the least since Episode 5 hit a season low of 789,000. The Sunday performance in total viewers knocked RHOD to 85th place among all cable shows telecast in daytime or nighttime hours.

It actually gets worse. Sunday night’s Game 7 of the NBA Finals had more total viewers in D-FW alone -- 906,547 -- than RHOD did nationally. The Finals also thumped RHOD in the 18-to-49 measurement with 476,355 in just D-FW. That’s 128,355 more than RHOD had nationally.

RHOD’s chances for a Season 2, after averaging the least viewers of all nine Real Housewives series to date, also weren’t helped by the performance of Monday night’s Season 11 launch of the flagship Real Housewives of Orange County. It had 1,715,000 total viewers, more than twice the number for RHOD’s reunion show. Orange County also more than doubled RHOD’s haul of 18-to-49-year-olds.

The not so chummy, 85-minute reunion show, was hosted in a New York studio by Andy Cohen, the reliably cheeky executive producer of the Housewives franchise. It initially featured copious weeping by the usually haughty and self-assured Cary Deuber, who resented being branded a home wrecker in gossip spread by the hypertensive LeeAnne Locken.

Deuber’s plastic surgeon husband Mark joined her onstage. And when he animatedly upbraided Locken, she asked him if he needed a tampon. The two women ultimately hugged at Locken’s insistence after Deuber briefly walked off the set in tears.

Brandi Redmond, the “Jesus Juice” swilling former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, revealed that the “Christian” school that enrolled her two pre-teen children had booted them out after witnessing their mom’s comportment during RHOD. This included a drunken outing at a male strip club, during which Redmond took the stage, and another besotted display during an Austin getaway, with Redmond ultimately passing out. The show also jeopardized her marriage, but it’s all good for now, she claimed.

“Friend” Marie Reyes also took a seat for a while, and was verbally flogged by several of the Housewives, most notably Tiffany Hendra, for being a lying backstabber.

Cohen closed things out by praising the cast for their participation in a “great season.” But he didn’t announce a Season 2 renewal, which seems iffy at best and likely would include some cast changes. There were 10 episodes in Season One, plus the reunion outing. Only the premiere slipped past the one million viewer mark before rejection kicked in and sent RHOD on a path toward likely cancellation rather than any return engagement.

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TEGNA8 losing reporter Mike Castellucci -- for second time (updated)


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Dallas-based TEGNA8 is losing another reporter of distinction.

Sources confirm to unclebarky.com that Mike Castellucci is ending his second tour with the station and taking a college teaching position in Michigan. Castellucci so far hasn’t responded to messages asking for more details, but he has given station management notice of his departure.

Castellucci later told the national industry site TV Spy that he’ll be joining Michigan State University as the school’s Professor of Practice.

“I’m really thrilled that Michigan State has noticed the innovation in my work and invited me to take a leadership position as they produce the industry’s next generation of storytellers,” he added.

(Castellucci now claims to have emailed an identical response simultaneously to unclebarky.com, which broke the story before TV Spy picked it up the following day. But no such response has been received. He was asked to re-send it, but hasn’t. Unclebarky.com initially held the story of his departure for a day while fruitlessly waiting for any reply from Castellucci.)

The former “Why Guy,” who has won 20 Emmys and an Edward R. Murrow award over the years, first joined TEGNA8 in 2003 and spent five years at the station before leaving for San Diego’s KUSI-TV in 2008. He returned to TEGNA8 in the summer of 2013 and began co-hosting the homegrown Good Morning Texas program. Earlier this year, he stepped away from GMT and returned full-time to the reporting staff.

In recent years, Castellucci has become known nationally and internationally for his Phoning It In specials, which he shoots entirely on his iPhone while also producing, editing and writing them.

“Cameras change, editing tools evolve, but one of the most important aspects of this business must never change -- good storytelling,” Castellucci says on his personal website. “My goal is to air stories with poignancy and often humor, inspirational and unique stories. I like to call them snapshots for the human condition.”

Management at TEGNA8, following recent corporate buyouts of conventional photographers and editors, is requiring anchors and reporters to become adept at shooting their own material. Castellucci, who initially joined TEGNA8 from KCBS-TV in Los Angeles, is the walking/talking embodiment of that future. His first TV news job was at a station in Grand Junction, Colorado.

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