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Challenging times for Fox4 Good Day co-anchor Lauren Przybyl

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By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
It’s been a rough several months for Lauren Przybyl, veteran co-anchor of Fox4’s Good Day.

Last fall she delivered her second child, a boy named Beck, under extreme duress after being diagnosed with HELLP Syndrome. He was born via C-section six weeks prematurely because of the risk to the mother’s life. Przybyl and her husband, Shane, also have a daughter, Shane Elizabeth, who was born in April 2013.

She interviewed her doctor, Hampton Richards, about the procedure shortly after returning to on air-duty at Fox4. The video is below. But then came another bad break -- actually two of them.

“Started off 2017 with a bang -- literally!!” Przybyl posted Jan. 5th on her Facebook page. “Tripped on a box and broke my arm in two spots (shoulder and wrist). Good news: Don’t need surgery. Bad news: I’ve been told not to move much the next few weeks. (Hard task with an infant and 3-year-old!).”

She remains on the mend as the February “sweeps” ratings period nears (it starts on Thursday, Jan. 26th). With and without her, Good Day remains No. 1 in the Dallas-Fort Worth Nielsens. Przybyl joined the morning program in Sept. 2009, replacing Megan Henderson after she took an anchoring job in Los Angeles.

Judging from her ongoing Facebook posts, Przybyl remains amazingly resilient and upbeat through all of this. The staff here at unclebarky.com (that would be me) wishes her a speedy, safe and prudent recovery.

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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon., Jan. 16) -- Celebrity Apprentice still playing into Trump's hands

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
It’s not quite the “disaster” that Donald Trump proclaims it to be on Twitter.

But Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Celebrity Apprentice is still struggling to be somebody in the Monday night Nielsens.

NBC’s collection of has-beens and a groper who’s not Trump drew 152,693 D-FW viewers in the 7 to 9 p.m. slot. It was beaten throughout those two hours by ABC’s competing The Bachelor (203,591 viewers) and also lost to CBS’ Kevin Can Wait (232,675), which was the top overall draw from 7 to 7:30 p.m.

Celebrity Apprentice otherwise outpointed CBS’ other three sitcoms, bested Fox’s Gotham and edged that network’s Lucifer.

In the important, advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old demographic, though, Celebrity Apprentice was outdrawn by The Bachelor, Kevin Can Wait and Gotham while being tied by Lucifer and CBS’ Man With a Plan. That’s not very muscular.

Fox4’s local newscast then won the 9 p.m. hour in both ratings measurements while NBC’s competing Timeless (minus a big lead-in from The Voice) ran last among the Big Four broadcast networks.

Here are Monday’s local news derby results.

Fox4 and TEGNA8 tied for the most total viewers at 10 p.m. while Fox4 narrowly won among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming). CBS11 forfeited a first place tie in total viewers and a second place tie with 25-to-54-year-olds by being the only station to take a Martin Luther King Day holiday exemption at 10 p.m. So its ratings officially don’t count.

Fox4 again swept the 6 a.m. competitions and added twin wins at 5 p.m. At 6 p.m., TEGNA8 drew the most total viewers and NBC5 won with 25-to-54-year-olds.

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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Sun., Jan. 13-15) -- Cowboys finale blasts off

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A tough one to take for Cowboys and their fans. Photo: Ed Bark

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
From 3:40 to 7 p.m. Sunday on Fox, nothing else mattered in the TV firmament except the Dallas Cowboys-Green Bay Packers post-season showdown at Jerry’s Palace.

Green Bay survived a furious Cowboys comeback to win 34-31 at the buzzer on Mason Crosby’s 51-yard field goal. On the previous play, Packers QB Aaron Rodgers rolled to his left and completed a near-miraculous 35-yard sideline throw to tight end Jared Cook on a third down and 20 play. For the record, former Dallas newspaper columnist, radio host and loathsome longtime Rodgers hater Skip Bayless termed it an “easy pitch and catch.” Fans of both teams are unanimous that he should be spread-eagled, coated with house brand dog food and left out somewhere in the freezing Green Bay cold for a night before being devoured by a pack of jackals. But I digress.

Cowboys-Packers averaged a super-sized 2,254,041 D-FW viewers and 891,574 in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49 age range. Not surprisingly, audiences peaked in the closing 6:45 to 7 p.m. segment, when the game had 2,850,271 total viewers and 1,144,935 in the 18-to-49 realm. Imagine what an overtime would have brought.

Two years ago, the Cowboys’ equally crushing post-season road loss at Green Bay (highlighted by Dez Bryant’s overruled “catch”), came up a bit short in total viewers with an overall average of 2,210,758 but drew more 18-to-49-year-olds with 983,986. That one was also on Fox.

In comparison, the Dallas Mavericks’ home win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Fox Sports Southwest, moved up earlier to avoid a head-on collision with the Cowboys game, averaged 29,084 total viewers and 12,828 in the 18-to-49 realm.

Sunday’s other NFL playoff game, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 18-16 win over the Chiefs at Kansas City, was moved for weather purposes to prime-time on NBC.
It surpassed the one million viewers mark (1,032,496), with 416,923 in the 18-to-49 motherlode.

On Saturday, the New England Patriots’ playoff win over the Houston Texans in prime-time on CBS pulled in 945,243 total viewers. Earlier on Fox, the Atlanta Falcons’ postseason rout of the Seattle Seahawks averaged 916,159 total viewers.

A non-football Friday was topped in prime-time by CBS’ 9 p.m. episode of Blue Bloods with 232,675 total viewers. ABC’s 20/20, which aired opposite Blue Bloods, led all programming among 18-to-49-year-olds (48,107).

Here are Friday’s local news derby results.

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

Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. competitions and NBC5 ran the table at both 5 and 6 p.m.

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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs., Jan. 12) -- sleepy night

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
Nothing jumped off the prime-time ratings charts Thursday. While North Texas braces for the invasion of the Green Bay Packers, a 7 p.m. repeat of CBS’ The Big Bang Theory led all programming with just 203,591 D-FW viewers.

That’s likely less than one-tenth the predicted TV crowd for Sunday’s big game on Fox, which almost assuredly will draw more than 2 million viewers locally.

Among advertiser-craved 18-to-49-year-olds, NBC’s 7:30 p.m. episode of its first-year series The Good Place ranked No. 1 Thursday with 64,142 viewers.

Here are the local news derby results.

TEGNA8 had the most total viewers at 10 p.m. while NBC5 ran first with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. competitions and the Peacock had twin wins at 5 p.m.

The 6 p.m. golds went to TEGNA8 in total viewers and Fox4 in the 25-to-54 demographic, where it beat NBC5 by a paper-thin margin.

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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., Jan. 11) -- Fox/Fox4 from start to stop

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
Fox and Fox4 ruled the prime-time terrain Wednesday with a triple header of Lethal Weapon, Star and the 9 p.m. local newscast.

Weapon led all programming in total D-FW viewers (269,031) while Star was tops with advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds (99,420). Fox4’s 9 p.m. news capped the night with twin wins while both Weapon and Star likewise won across the board.

The night’s biggest loser among the Big Four broadcast networks, ABC’s 9 p.m. hour of Match Game, sunk to 65,440 total viewers and 16,036 in the 18-to-49 realm after the network’s preceding black-ish drew twice the number of viewers in both ratings measurements. When a show plays dead in the Nielsen numbers, it gets _________.

Here are Wednesday’s local news derby results.

NBC5 had a big day, sweeping the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. competitions in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming). But Fox4 maintained its 6 a.m. stronghold with twin wins while the 7 to 9 a.m. portion of its Good Day also outdrew all three competing network morning shows in total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds.

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