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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon.-Tues., Nov. 24-25) -- Dancing with the Stars finale slips on banana peel

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
ABC’s Dancing with the Stars finale used to be a big rhumba in the ratings. But on Tuesday night, the latest close-out couldn’t even win its full two-hour time slot in D-FW.

CBS’ NCIS: New Orleans thumped the first hour of DWTS in total viewers by a score of 418,440 to 265,012. The 9 to 10 p.m. second hour of DWTS then had enough juice to outdraw CBS’ competing Person of Interest -- 278,960 viewers to 216,194.

Among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, DWTS was beaten by NCIS: New Orleans from 7 to 8 p.m. and also by Fox’s New Girl from 7 to 7:30 p.m. DWTS then won the 9 to 10 p.m. hour by a paper-thin margin over Fox4’s local newscast.

CBS’ NCIS led off Tuesday’s prime-time festivities with a sweep in total viewers and 18-to-49-year-olds, beating NBC’s live vote-off hour of The Voice. (Viewers also are showing some signs of fatigue with this show, whose winners all have gone on to do basically nothing.)

Then again, Monday’s two-hour performance edition of The Voice had enough oomph to rank as the night’s top show in both total viewers and 18-to-49-year-olds. But regular network programming on rival networks was knocked off stride by break-in live coverage of events in Ferguson, Missouri.

Here are the Monday and Tuesday local news derby results for the 18th and 19th weekdays of the 20-weekday November “sweeps” ratings period.

Monday -- Fox4 won at 10 p.m. in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming). NBC5, Gannett8 and CBS11 all got late starts because of their networks’ Ferguson coverage.

Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. competitions and CBS11 did likewise at 6 p.m. NBC5 countered by running the table at 5 p.m.

Tuesday -- Gannett8 had twin wins at 10 p.m. and also scored a rare win at 6 a.m. in total viewers. Fox4, the usual early morning frontrunner, had the most 25-to-54-year-olds at 6 a.m.

CBS11 swept the 6 p.m. Nielsens and added a 5 p.m. win in total viewers. Fox4 and Gannett8 shared first place at 5 p.m. in the 25-to-54 demographic.

CBS11 has been surging at 6 p.m. in the total viewers measurement, winning 7 of the last 8 weekdays down the backstretch of the sweeps.

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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Sun., Nov. 21-23) -- Cowboys fall a bit short of 1.5 mil while Giants fall a bit short of them

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
The Dallas Cowboys’ 31-28 comeback win against the New York Giants, played on NBC’s national prime-time stage, surprisingly fell a little shy of the 1.5 million viewers mark in D-FW.

Four previous games this season, led by Dallas’ upset win at Seattle on Fox, have surpassed that total. On Sunday Night Football, Cowboys-Giants averaged 1,457,566 viewers. A total of 678,067 were in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49 motherlode. The win against Seattle is still the only Cowboys game to surpass 1.6 million viewers, with a final count of 1,604,020.

ABC’s competing American Music Awards Sunday managed to scrape up 160,402 total viewers, with 63,076 in the 18-to-49 demographic. CBS’ regular Sunday night drama lineup, again delayed by a football overrun, outdrew the American Music Awards throughout the night.

On Saturday, a lackluster lineup of college football games was led by Fox’s prime-time telecast of Baylor’s win over Oklahoma State. The game averaged 181,324 total viewers. Over on TXA21, the Dallas Mavericks’ narrow loss at Houston ran a respectable second with 160,402 viewers.

Friday’s prime-time winners were CBS’ Hawaii Five-0 in total viewers (285,934) and ABC’s Shark Tank among 18-to-49-year-olds (91,460).

Here are Friday’s local news derby results for the 17th weekday of the 20-weekday November “sweeps,” which end on the day before Thanksgiving.

CBS11 won at 10 p.m. in total viewers while Gannett8 ran first with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 notched another sweep at 6 a.m. and CBS11 ran the table at 5 p.m. CBS11 also had the most total viewers at 6 p.m. while tying Fox4 for the top spot with 25-to-54-year-olds.

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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot ((Thurs., Nov. 20) -- Big Bang and then boom times for ABC

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
The so-called “winter finales” of ABC’s three Shonda Rhimes-produced melodramas provided a big night for the network after CBS’ The Big Bang Theory as usual opened Thursday with a runaway win.

Big Bang drew 418,440 D-FW viewers while also dominating its time slot among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds with a haul of 138,767.

CBS’ following Mom also won from 7:30 to 8 p.m. in total viewers (265,012), holding off the second half of ABC’s competing Grey’s Anatomy (230,142).

Otherwise it was all ABC, with Grey’s beating Mom in the 18-to-49 demographic before the network’s 8 to 10 p.m. combo of Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder thumped everything in sight in both ratings measurements.

Scandal had 271,986 total viewers, with 94,614 in the 18-to-49 realm. How to Get Away with Murder improved on each count with respective totals of 278,960 and 107,229 viewers.

Thursday’s worst broadcast network performers in both ratings measurements were NBC’s A to Z and Bad Judge, both of which are loitering in prime-time after being canceled. The two sitcoms ran fifth among 18-to-49-year-olds from 8 to 9 p.m., trailing ABC, CBS, Fox and The CW’s Reign.

Over on cable’s NFL Network, the previously winless Oakland Raiders’ upset of the Kansas City Chiefs averaged 153,428 total viewers, with 66,230 in the 18-to-49 age range.

Here are the local news derby results for the 16th weekday of the 20-weekday November “sweeps” rating period.

Gannett8 solidified its hold on the 10 p.m. race with decisive wins in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 likewise maintained a firm grip at 6 a.m. with another doubleheader win. The 5 p.m. golds both went to NBC5 while the 6 p.m. spoils were split between CBS11 in total viewers and Fox4 in the 25-to-54 measurement.

Email comments or questions to: unclebarky@verizon.net

Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., Nov. 19) -- Survivor and crime take the golds

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
’Tis the season for Thanksgiving-themed sitcom specials. But Survivor and crime instead prevailed over ABC’s quartet in Wednesday’s prime-time Nielsens.

CBS started strong with Survivor, which won the 7 p.m. hour with 265,012 D-FW viewers and 85,153 in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old demographic.

The network’s Criminal Minds held serve at 8 p.m. with 298,936 total viewers and 107,229 in the 18-to-49 age range.

NBC’s Chicago P.D. then took over. It topped the 9 p.m. hour in both ratings measurements with respective totals of 223,168 and 78,845 viewers.

ABC’s holiday feast of The Middle, The Goldbergs, Modern Family and black-ish came up something of a turkey. All four comedies ran third in total viewers, with The Middle and The Goldbergs also taking the bronzes among 18-to-49-year-olds. Modern Family and black-ish moved up a notch to second place in this key demographic.

Also of note: Wednesday’s biggest draw in total viewers wasn’t anything in prime-time. It was CBS11’s 6:30 p.m. edition of Wheel of Fortune, which rolled to 313,830 viewers. Wheel also beat the three competing rag mags among 18-to-49-year-olds, but Criminal Minds was Wednesday’s top draw in that realm.

Here are the local news derby results for the 15th weekday of the 20-weekday November “sweeps” ratings period.

NBC5 came up big at 10 p.m. with first place finishes in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 notched another pair of wins at 6 a.m. while Gannett8 ran the table at 6 p.m. The 5 p.m. golds went to NBC5 in total viewers and Gannett8 with 25-to-54-year-olds.

Email comments or questions to: unclebarky@verizon.net

Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., Nov. 18) -- CBS again doubles its pleasure with one-two NCIS punch

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
CBS’ NCIS and its New Orleans running mate again racked up Tuesday’s biggest D-FW viewer totals.

NCIS led off with 474,232 viewers to easily outdraw NBC’s runner-up The Voice (278,960) in the 7 p.m. hour. NCIS: New Orleans barely missed a beat with 460,284 viewers at 8 p.m.

CBS’ slumping Person of Interest then broke up the party, dipping to 202,246 viewers in losing to NBC’s competing Chicago Fire (216,194 viewers).

NCIS also won its time slot among advertiser-prized18-to-49-year-olds before Fox’s New Girl entered the winner’s circle from 8 to 8:30 p.m. The second half of NCIS: New Orleans then thumped Fox’s The Mindy Project. But Person of Interest fell to third behind the frontrunning Chicago Fire and Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast.

The CW’s biggest demographic hit of the season, The Flash, ran an impressive third with 18-to-49-year-olds, beating both Fox’s Masterchef Junior and ABC’s Shark Tank repeat. It also came close to outdrawing The Voice in the 7 p.m. face-offs.

Here are Tuesday’s local news derby results on the 14th weekday of the 20-weekday November “sweeps” ratings period.

CBS11 had its best day in quite a while, tying Gannett8 for the most total viewers at 10 p.m. and winning outright among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

CBS11 also swept the 5 p.m. competitions and had the most total viewers at 6 p.m.

Fox4 ran the table at 6 a.m. while Gannett8 was No. 1 with 25-to-54-year-olds at 6 p.m.

Email comments or questions to: unclebarky@verizon.net