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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., June 24) -- Masterchef has right recipe vs. Season 17 premiere of Big Brother

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CBS’ summertime demographics usually start to sizzle with the return of Big Brother.

They improved Wednesday night with Season 17’s introduction of the latest shut-ins. But Fox’s Masterchef still won the 7 p.m. hour while NBC’s one-hour highlight reel of America’s Got Talent auditions drooped to third.

Masterchef drew 202,246 D-FW viewers, with 94,614 in the key 18-to-49-year-old demographic. BB had 146,454 total viewers and 72,537 in the 18-to-49 age range.

A new 8 p.m. episode of CBS’ The Briefcase then fell to fourth place finishes in both ratings measurements. ABC’s Modern Family rerun had the most total viewers from 8 to 8:30 p.m. before NBC’s American Ninja Warrior won from 8:30 to 9 p.m. It was the same story with 18-to-49-year-olds.

Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast remained potent with twin wins at 9 p.m. It’s won or tied for first place on three straight weeknights in competition with network programming.

On Fox Sports Southwest, the Texas Rangers’ home loss to Oakland averaged 97,636 total viewers. That’s not great. But it was more than double the crowd for ESPN’s competing College World Series final between victorious Virginia and defending champ Vanderbilt. Only 41,844 viewers tuned in.

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

Gannett8 won comfortably at 10 p.m. in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 again swept the 6 a.m. competitions while adding 5 and 6 p.m. wins in the 25-to-54-year-old demographic.

NBC5 had the most total viewers and 5 p.m. and CBS11 broke through with a 6 p.m. victory in that measurement.

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