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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., Oct. 9) -- American Music Awards not a hit tune

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
ABC’s annual American Music Awards show, which used to air on a Sunday or Monday, failed to top the charts as a Tuesday entry.

The three-hour presentation ran third for most of the night in total D-FW viewers with an average of 126,527. Among the Big Four broadcast networks, that was good enough to outdraw only Fox’s Gifted (91,381) and Lethal Weapon (98,410) during the 7 to 9 p.m. portion of the AMAs.

CBS’ NCIS as usual won the 7 p.m. hour in total viewers with 351,465. The network’s FBI (260,084) and NCIS: New Orleans (238,996) also won their time slots.

Among advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds, NBC’s The Voice and This Is Us took the first two hours of prime-time before the closing hour of the AMAs won from 9 to 10 p.m. This Is Us, the night’s top draw in this key demographic, drew 87,557 viewers.

Here are Tuesday’s local news derby results.

CBS11 swept the 10 p.m. competitions in total viewers and with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 again cruised in both ratings measurements at 6 a.m. and NBC5 ran the table at 5 p.m. In the 6 p.m. races, NBC5 and TEGNA8 tied for the top spot in total viewers while the Peacock had first place to itself with 25-to-54-year-olds.

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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon., Oct. 8) -- it's football in a Brees

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees set an all-time NFL passing yards record while ESPN breezed to a dominating prime-time win with Monday Night Football.

The Saints’ 43-19 rout of the visiting Washington Redskins averaged 344,436 D-FW viewers, with 156,998 of them within the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old demographic.

Meanwhile, in the Big Four broadcast network universe, Fox’s 8 p.m. hour of 9-1-1 was the top draw in total viewers (253,055) while NBC’s 7 to 9 p.m. edition of The Voice averaged the most 18-to-49ers (66,422).

NBC’s new Manifest stayed strong by winning the 9 p.m. hour in both ratings measurements. ABC’s The Good Doctor continued to falter in the 9 to 10 p.m. slot, running fourth in total viewers and with 18-to-49-year-olds. CBS’ Magnum, P.I. reboot continued to draw decent-sized crowds at 8 p.m., but still ran third in that hour in the two major ratings food groups, beating only ABC’s staggering Dancing with the Stars.

Here are Monday’s local news derby results.

Buoyed by the early season success of Manifest, NBC5 capitalized on the show’s robust lead-in to win at 10 p.m. in both total viewers and with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 again swept the 6 a.m. competitions while also scoring twin wins at 6 p.m. NBC5 drew the most total viewers at 5 p.m. and shared the 25-to-54-year-old lead with Fox4.

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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Sun., Oct. 5-7) -- numbers are up for another Cowboys downer

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
Playing on NBC’s main stage Sunday night, the Dallas Cowboys’ 19-16 overtime loss to the Houston Texans outdrew last year’s similarly deflating Game 5 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Punting when he could have rolled the dice, Cowboys’ coach Jason Garrett subsequently blew up the post-game Twitter-verse with critics of his “gutless” (as many put it) decision. As for the game itself, it stretched to 10:45 p.m. and averaged 1,356,655 D-FW viewers, with 543,456 of them in the advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-old realm.

Game 5 of the 2017 season, a 35-31 loss to the visiting Packers on Fox’s featured mid-afternoon to early evening game, drew 1,232,123 total viewers and 493,055 within the 18-to-49 age range.

Game 2 of the ongoing season, also played on NBC’s Sunday Night Football, remains the most-watched to date with 1,428,693 total viewers and 599,155 in the 18-to-49 demographic. The Cowboys beat the New York Giants 20-13 in Jerry’s Palace.

The weekend’s runner-up top TV attraction of course was Saturday’s early-starting Texas-Oklahoma game on Fox, where the offensive fireworks still haven’t died down following the Longhorns’ 48-45 upset win over the Sooners. The game averaged 653,725 total viewers, with 250,594 in the 18-to-49 motherlode.

In Friday’s prime-time festivities, CBS’ 9 p.m. episode of Blue Bloods was the top overall draw with 246,026 total viewers. But the 18-to-49-year-old winner was Fox’s 7 p.m. episode of Last Man Standing with 48,307 viewers. Fox’s second episode of the new sitcom The Cool Kids won the 7:30 to 8 p.m. slot among 18-to-49ers, but was edged in total viewers by the second half of CBS’ competing Macgyver.

Here are Friday’s local news derby results.

CBS11 had the most total viewers at 10 p.m. while Fox4 won with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

It was otherwise a day of sweeps, with Fox4 as usual/always running the table at 6 a.m. and NBC5 scoring twin wins at both 5 and 6 p.m.

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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs., Oct. 4) -- Football gets an overall passing grade while it's not looking good for I Feel Bad & Murphy Brown

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
CBS had Thursday’s two biggest prime-time scorers while the NFL still loomed large and audiences tuned out on two new fall comedies.

The Big Bang Theory and its spinoff, Young Sheldon, gave CBS control of the 7 p.m. hour in total viewers with 344,436 and 323,348 respectively. Fox then took over with the rest of its Thursday Night Football encounter between the victorious New England Patriots and injury-ravaged Indianapolis Colts. The game averaged 295,231 total viewers and easily won the 8 to 10 p.m. slot.

Among advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds, TNF won from start to finish with an average of 126,806 viewers in this key demographic.

Now for the casualties. NBC’s I Feel Bad, making its regular time slot debut after a two-episode sneak preview last month, ran last among the Big Four broadcast networks at 8:30 p.m. with just 70,293 total viewers. The second episode of CBS’ competing Murphy Brown revival also continued to struggle, drawing 126,527 viewers at 8:30 p.m. after the preceding Mom fed it 224,938 viewers.

The second season premiere of NBC’s Will & Grace also performed poorly with 91,381 viewers at 8 p.m.

In the 18-to-49-year-old realm, Murphy Brown tied for a distant second in its time slot with 30,192 viewers while I Feel Bad tied CBS’ 9 p.m. episode of S.W.A.T. as the night’s loss leader with a paltry 15,096 viewers.

Here are Thursday’s local news derby results.

NBC5 won a downsized three-way race at 10 p.m. in both total viewers and with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 again controlled the 6 to 7 a.m. slot while NBC5 scored twin wins at 5 p.m. TEGNA8 nipped NBC5 by a sliver to win in total viewers at 6 p.m., but Fox4 was alone on top with 25-to-54-year-olds.

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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., Oct. 3) -- NBC's Windy City trilogy blows hard throughout prime-time

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
NBC’s Chicago, Chicago, Chicago rescue dramas ran strong throughout Wednesday, sweeping the 7 to 10 p.m. hours in total D-FW viewers while also giving the Peacock prime-time’s most-watched shows.

Chicago Fire led off with 203,850 viewers, followed by Chicago Med (217,908) and Chicago PD (203,850).

Fox and Fox4 otherwise mostly led the way among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds.

Empire took the 7 p.m. hour with 45,288 viewers in this key demographic. ABC’s Modern Family then won from 8 to 8:30 p.m. with 57,365 viewers (the night’s biggest haul among 18-to-49ers) before Fox’s second half of Star took command at 8:30 p.m. with 50,119 viewers. Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast won the full hour with 51,326 viewers in the 18-to-49 realm.

ABC’s second episode of A Million Little Things continued to struggle at 9 p.m., ranking last among the Big Four broadcast networks in total viewers while beating CBS’ competing Criminal Minds by a hair among 18-to-49-year-olds in a battle for third place.

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

NBC5 swept the 10 p.m. races in total viewers and with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 remained on cruise control at 6 a.m. with twin wins. NBC5 drew the most total viewers at both 5 and 6 p.m. while sharing the 6 p.m. lead among 25-to-54-year-olds with Fox4. The 5 p.m. win with 25-to-54-year-olds went to Fox4.

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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., Oct. 2) -- CBS again is top cop

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
CBS remains a crime show powerhouse, never more so than on Tuesday nights.

The network’s prime-time lineup of NCIS, FBI and NCIS: New Orleans controlled the 7 to 10 p.m. hours in total D-FW viewers and even got a 9 p.m. win with advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds.

NCIS as usual led the way with 358,494 total viewers before FBI (288,201) and NCIS: NO (253,055) won their hours. The latter series also led at 9 p.m. among 18-to-49ers with 39,250, besting the second episode of NBC’s competing New Amsterdam (36,230).

The Peacock’s one-hour edition of The Voice drew the most 18-to-49-year-olds in the 7 p.m. hour with 51,326 before NBC’s This Is Us had Tuesday night’s biggest haul in this key demographic (69,442).

ABC punted at 9 p.m. with a repeat of the new drama series A Million Little Things, which easily ranked as prime-time’s 18-to-49-year-old bottom-feeder with 6,038 viewers. It also drew the smallest number of total viewers (49,205), helping to torpedo TEGNA8’s following 10 p.m. local newscast in the process.

Speaking of that, here are Tuesday’s local news derby results.

CBS11 won in total viewers at 10 p.m. while Fox4 ran first among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 once again swept the 6 a.m. competitions while NBC5 remained strong in the early evening hours by running the table at both 5 and 6 p.m.

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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon., Oct. 1) -- Monday Night Football scores biggest; 9-1-1 and Manifest stay strong

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
The Kansas City Chiefs’ comeback win over the Denver Broncos, highlighted by the play of QB and Texas Tech alum Patrick Mahomes, took the overall top spots in Monday’s prime-time ratings.

ESPN’s Monday Night Football presentation averaged 358,494 D-FW viewers and 169,075 in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old age range.

In the Big Four broadcast network universe, the winners in total viewers were the 7 to 8 p.m. portion of NBC’s The Voice (260,084), Fox’s 8 p.m. episode of 9-1-1 (281,172) and the 9 p.m. second episode of the Peacock’s new Manifest (260,084).

CBS’ premiere of the new sitcom The Neighborhood ran second in total viewers from 7 to 7:30 p.m. with 196,820 before the network’s other comedy debut, Happy Together, fell to 133,557 viewers in finishing third.

Among 18-to-49ers, the time slot winners were The Neighborhood, Happy Together, 9-1-1 and Manifest. ABC’s Dancing with the Stars continued to skew north of Forest Lawn, drawing the smallest crowd of 18-to-49-year-olds (18,115) among all prime-time attractions on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox.

Here are Monday’s local news derby results.

NBC5 rolled to twin wins at 10 p.m. in total viewers and with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 again crushed all comers at 6 a.m. while also sweeping the 6 p.m. competitions. NBC5 won at 5 p.m. in total viewers and shared the 25-to-54 top spot with Fox4.

LOCAL TV NEWS NOTE: TEGNA8 anchor Cynthia Izaguirre has been off the air at 6 and 10 p.m. for a while, and on Monday night explained why on her Twitter account in response to viewer inquiries.

Aguirre said she’s taking adoption leave so that she and her husband can adopt a child. She’s also having “a surgery” on Oct. 12th, Izaguirre said.

She’s otherwise still with TEGNA8, which Izaguirre described as “my home away from home! I’ve been humbled by all of you inquiring about my whereabouts. Thank you so much and see you in a few months.”

That would keep Izaguirre off the air during the November ratings “sweeps,” which begin on Oct. 25th and run through Nov. 21st.

In her absence, TEGNA anchor/reporter Marie Saavedra has been co-anchoring with John McCaa, who recently announced that he’ll be retiring in March.

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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Sun., Sept. 28-30) -- Cowboys' Game 4 dips along with new Nielsen population estimates

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
The Dallas Cowboys may have saved their season with Sunday’s dramatic 26-24 win over the visiting Detroit Lions on new kicker Brett Maher’s last second field goal.

Their ratings didn’t show it, though, although newly released downturns in D-FW’s Nielsen population estimates were a contributing factor.

Last season’s Game 4, also a noon starter on Fox, averaged 981,599 total viewers and 407,301 in the advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-old age range. Dallas lost that one, 35-30, to the visiting Los Angeles Rams.

Sunday’s win, which ran from noon to 2:59 p.m. on Fox, drew 970,043 total viewers and 362,304 within the 18-to-49 realm. Here’s an asterisk, though. The new Nielsen estimates say that each D-FW rating point is worth 70,293 viewers, down from the previous year’s 71,221. The 18-to-49 values also are reduced, from 31,206 viewers per rating point to the new 30,192. Cord-cutting marches on.

Later in the day, NBC’s Sunday Night Football matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers had 492,051 total viewers and 226,440 in the 18-to-49 demographic. Both numbers easily led all prime-time TV attractions.

On Saturday, the season premiere of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, with Matt Damon playing embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in the opening sketch, pulled in 182,762 total viewers and 66,422 in the 18-to-49 motherlode. Both tallies fell short of ABC’s prime-time college football matchup between Ohio State and Penn State, which the Buckeyes narrowly won with a big comeback. The game drew 224,938 total viewers and 87,557 in the 18-to-49 demographic.

Friday’s biggest scorer, Fox’s debut of Last Man Standing a year after ABC canceled it, rolled to 330,377 total viewers from 7 to 7:30 p.m. before the network’s premiere of The Cool Kids made a solid showing with 231,967 viewers to also win its time slot.

CBS’ returns of Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods then took over with respective totals of 196,820 and 260,084 viewers.

The night’s prime-time winners in the 18-to-49-year-old demo were the Fox/Fox4 lineup of Last Man Standing, The Cool Kids, Hell’s Kitchen and the 9 p.m. local newscast.

NBC5’s 7 p.m. gubernatorial debate between incumbent Republican Greg Abbott and Democratic challenger Lupe Valdez lagged with 84,352 total viewers and 18,115 in the 18-to-49 measurement. In contrast, the previous Friday’s NBC5 U.S. Senate debate between Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke had 284,884 total viewers and 59,291 in the 18-to-49 realm.

Finally, here are Friday’s local news derby results.

CBS11 ran first in total viewers at 10 p.m., while Fox4 drew the most 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. competitions and NBC5 did likewise at 5 p.m. The 6 p.m. golds went to NBC5 in total viewers and Fox4 with 25-to-54-year-olds.

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