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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon.-Wed., April 15-17) -- storm scare launches Fox4's 9 p.m. news into stratosphere

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The weather turned out to be not as severe as initially forecast, but fears of the worst certainly didn’t hurt the D-FW ratings for Wednesday’s 9 p.m. Fox4 local newscast.

It amassed the largest audience in recent memory, pulling in 379,582 viewers to swamp all competing programming while also ranking as the most-watched TV attraction of the day or night. In comparison, the runner-up competing attraction at 9 p.m., CBS’ SEAL Team, had 140,586 viewers.

The 7 to 9 p.m. hours otherwise were won by CBS’ pair of “reality-competition” shows. Survivor drew 224,938 viewers, followed by 168,703 for The Amazing Race.

In the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old demographic, Fox4’s 9 p.m. news also easily topped all Wednesday programming with 132,845 viewers.

In Tuesday’s prime-time ratings, CBS won from start to stop in total viewers with its regular lineup of NCIS (302,260), FBI (246,026) and NCIS: New Orleans (217,908). NCIS also won the 7 to 8 p.m. hour with 18-to-49ers, as did the first half of FBI. From 8:30 to 10 p.m., though, the winners in this key demographic were ABC’s premiere of Bless This Mess and Fox4’s 9 p.m. news.

Monday’s biggest prime-time scorers were NBC’s The Voice and Fox’s 9-1-1 in total viewers (196,820 piece) and 9-1-1 by itself in the 18-to-49 realm (54,346).

Here are the four-way local news derby results for Monday through Wednesday.

Monday -- Fox4 won at 10 p.m. in both total viewers and with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

The station also swept the 6 a.m. competitions, with NBC5 doing likewise at 5 p.m. The 6 p.m. firsts went to the Peacock in total viewers and WFAA8 among 25-to-54-year-olds.

Tuesday -- CBS11 drew the most total viewers at 10 p.m. while Fox4 nipped WFAA8 for the top spot with 25-to-54-year-olds.

Fox4 again had twin wins at 6 a.m. and NBC5 stayed solid in the early evening with sweeps at both 5 and 6 p.m.

Wednesday -- Fox4 ran the table at both 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. while NBC5 notched another pair of wins at 5 p.m. The Peacock also pulled in the most total viewers at 6 p.m., but the 25-to-54 prize went to WFAA8.

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