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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed.-Thurs., June 18-19) -- Rookie Blue boosts ABC

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ABC’s double-barreled Season 5 premiere of the summer series Rookie Blue gave the network a boost Thursday on a night when two CBS sitcom repeats otherwise drew the biggest prime-time audiences.

Blue drew 156,229 D-FW viewers from 8 to 10 p.m. to win those hours against all competing programs. In the 7 p.m. hour, reruns of The Big Bang Theory (198,836 viewers) and Mom (156,229) were the overall biggest draws.

Among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, though, Fox’s 7 to 9 p.m. combo of Hell’s Kitchen and Gang Related won those hours before Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast took the gold.

On Wednesday night, Fox4’s local news did even better, dominating the 9 p.m. hour in both total viewers and 18-to-49-year-olds. And Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance won from 7 to 9 p.m. in those measurements.

Here are the local news derby results.

Wednesday -- Fox4 topped the 10 p.m. Nielsens in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming) while also sweeping at 6 a.m.

WFAA8 had the most total viewers at 6 p.m. and CBS11 won among 25-to-54-year-olds.

Fox4 and NBC5 tied for the most viewers at 5 p.m. In an oddity, it was the same story at that hour in the 25-to-54 measurement.

Thursday -- WFAA8 ran the table at 10 p.m. while Fox4 again did likewise at 6 a.m.

Fox4 added to its ratings riches with a 5 p.m. sweep. The 6 p.m. golds went to CBS11 in total viewers and NBC5 among 25-to-54-year-olds.

D-FW NEWS NOTE -- As noted here before, there are bigger things in store for WFAA8’s Marcus Moore, who this week has been co-anchoring the station’s 4 p.m. newscasts with incumbent Shelly Slater.

Moore could end up being a permanent co-anchor of the 4 p.m. news, according to sources. He also has been anchoring WFAA8’s Midday newscast and recently got additional exposure as a fill-in anchor on the June 7th Saturday 10 p.m. newscast. Moore, for now, also reports for the early morning Daybreak program.

WFAA8 news director Carolyn Mungo has not returned an email asking about Moore’s anchoring status.

The station’s 4 p.m. ratings have been mostly dismal since WFAA8 became the third in the market to do a one-hour local newscast at that hour. NBC5 was the first, followed by CBS11. WFAA8’s 4 p.m. news premiered last September.

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