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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., Aug. 23) -- AGT, Big Bro are prime-time's top draws

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Summertime’s “reality-competition” kings, NBC’s America’s Got Talent and CBS’ Big Brother traded blows Wednesday in their 7 p.m. face-off.

AGT had prime-time’s biggest haul of total D-FW viewers with 247,217 while BB topped all TV attractions in the advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-old age range with 93,006.

Fox’s Masterchef cooked the competition in the 8 p.m. hour with dual time slot wins in total viewers (152,693) and 18-to-49-year-olds (57,728). Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast then came up bigger, sweeping the hour with 225,404 total viewers and 70,556 in the 18-to-49 realm.

CBS’ 8 p.m. entry, the disaster series Salvation, again lost the bulk of BB’s lead-in crowd, particularly among 18-to-49-year-olds. Salvation’s paltry 6,414 viewers in this key demographic amounted to barely one-fifteenth the size of its inherited audience.

And now for Wednesday’s local news derby results.

Fox4 cruised to easy wins 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. and 5 p.m. races.

At 6 p.m., TEGNA8 had the most total viewers and NBC5 won with 25-to-54-year-olds.

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