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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon.-Thurs., March 4-7) -- CBS feasts, NBC eats crumbs

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Paced as usual by The Big Bang Theory, CBS led the way in prime-time total viewers Thursday.

Not as usual, the network also won from start to stop among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds.

Big Bang ranked as the overall top draw with 358,494 total D-FW viewers, followed by its spinoff, Young Sheldon, with 323,348. CBS’ Mom and Fam also won their time slots before Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast edged CBS’ S.W.A.T. by a score of 175,733 viewers to 168,703.

But CBS swept the 18-to-49-year-old Nielsens, even beating ABC’s still potent Grey’s Anatomy in the 7 p.m. hour.

NBC’s four sitcoms, plus a 9 p.m. repeat of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, struggled for visibility. L&O lured a minuscule 2,415 viewers in the 18-to-49-year-old range compared to 49,817 for S.W.A.T., which won the 9 p.m. slot.

On Wednesday night, ABC’s American Idol rebounded from a lackluster Sunday night showing to draw the most total viewers with 231,967. ABC’s new Whiskey Cavalier then performed decently at 9 p.m., pulling in 161,674 total viewers in running second to Fox4’s newscast (189,791).

Idol also was prime-time’s top draw among 18-to-49ers with 57,365.

NBC rolled in Tuesday’s prime-time festivities, ranking first from 7 to 10 p.m. in total viewers with The Voice, This Is Us (No. 1 overall for the night with 274,143) and New Amsterdam. This Is Us also led the 18-to-49 parade with 72,461 viewers in this key demographic.

Monday’s top prime-time performers were The Voice in total viewers (246,026) and ABC’s The Bachelor with 18-to-49-year-olds (63,403).

OK, here are the local news derby results.

Monday -- On its first weeknight in the post-John McCaa era, WFAA8 got off to a strong start at 10 p.m. with wins in both total viewers and with 25-to-54-year-olds. (main advertiser target audience for news programming). Chris Lawrence is McCaa’s successor, and WFAA8 for once got a solid 9 p.m. lead-in from ABC, courtesy of The Good Doctor.

WFAA8 also swept the 6 p.m. proceedings, as did Fox4 at 6 a.m. The 5 p.m. firsts went to NBC5 in total viewers and Fox4 among 25-to-54-year-olds.

Tuesday -- CBS11 won at 10 p.m. in total viewers while Fox4 took the 25-to-54 crown.

Fox4 as usual/always ran the table at 6 a.m. and WFAA8 stayed strong at 6 p.m. with twin wins. NBC5 again drew the most total viewers at 5 p.m. and shared the 25-to-54 lead with WFAA8.

Wednesday -- CBS11 swept the 10 p.m. races while Fox4 had doubleheader wins at both 6 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The 6 p.m. total viewers wreath was shared by NBC5 and WFAA8, with Fox4 alone on top with 25-to-54-year-olds.

Thursday -- CBS11 made it three days in a row by again winning at 10 p.m. in total viewers. But Fox4 had the most 25-to-54-year-olds while also muscling up with sweeps at 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. NBC5 won in total viewers at 6 p.m., with Fox4 on top with 25-to-54-year-olds.

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