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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs., Jan. 4) -- viewers already saying "No more" to The Four

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Just a night after blasting off with impressive ratings for its new 9-1-1 drama series, Fox had a failure to launch with yet another singing competition -- The Four: Battle For Stardom.

Hoping to make up for the loss of American Idol, Fox instead was thrown for a big loss in D-FW. The Four’s 7 to 9 p.m. premiere drew just 92,587 total viewers and 34,327 in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old age range. In the Big Four broadcast network universe, The Four outdrew only ABC’s 7 to 8 p.m. reruns of The Middle and American Housewife in these two key ratings measurements.

CBS’ 7 p.m. new episode of The Big Bang Theory as usual ranked as Thursday’s biggest draw in both total viewers (455,814) and 18-to-49ers (109,221). The Big Bang spinoff, Young Sheldon, also again held up well with 384,593 total viewers and 78,015 in the 18-to-49 realm.

ABC’s two-hour Truth & Lies: Waco, the latest rehash of the David Koresh cult massacre, averaged 142,442 total viewers in the 8 to 10 p.m. slot, with 49,930 in the 18-to-49 motherlode. CBS’ S.W.A.T. won the 9 p.m. hour in total viewers (192,297) while the second half of Waco and NBC’s Chicago Fire were tops with 18-to-49-year-olds (53,050 viewers apiece).

Here are Thursday’s local news derby results.

TEGNA8 scored twin wins at 10 p.m. in total viewers and with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

At 6 a.m., co-anchor Alexa Conomos’ last day on TEGNA8’s Daybreak, after 15 years with the program, couldn’t deter frontrunner Fox4 from another sweep. Daybreak ran second in total viewers and third with 25-to-54-year-olds (behind runner-up NBC5).

NBC5 otherwise enjoyed the early evening with doubleheader wins at both 5 and 6 p.m.

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