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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon., Sept. 24) -- Magnum, Manifest and Monday Night Football make their marks on first night of new season

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The new TV season officially fired up Monday night, with NBC’s new Manifest, CBS’ new version of Magnum, P.I. and old reliable Monday Night Football all scoring well.

Even so, CBS’ returning comedy tandem of The Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon finished one-two in D-FW total viewers with hauls of 356,105 and 334,739 respectively. MNF’s high octane Pittsburgh Steelers-Tampa Bay Bucs matchup ranked third in total viewers with an average of 313,372, but easily led all prime-time programming among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds (149,789).

Elsewhere on Monday’s total viewers charts, CBS’ second coming of Magnum at 8 p.m. performed solidly with a second place finish of 277,762 in the Big Four broadcast network universe. That was good enough to pound ABC’s competing second hour of Dancing with the Stars and edge NBC’s second hour of The Voice. But the 8 p.m. hour was won by Fox’s 9-1-1 (306,250 viewers) with the second part of its earthquake “event.”

At 9 p.m., the premiere of NBC’s Manifest nipped CBS’ competing Bull by a score of 284,884 viewers to 277,762. Fox4’s local newscast placed third while ABC’s season two premiere of The Good Doctor lagged in fourth.

Among 18-to-49-year-olds in the Big Four broadcast network division, Big Bang won from 7 to 7:30 p.m. before Young Sheldon fell just a bit short of the 7:30 to 8 p.m. slice of The Voice.

9-1-1 took over from 8 to 9 p.m. and, other than Monday Night Football, had the night’s most 18-to-49-year-olds with 96,739. The 9 p.m hour then went to Manifest with 68,653 viewers in the 18-to-49 realm. Good Doctor again ran fourth.

OK, let’s conclude as always with the four-way local news derby results.

Fox4 came within one win of a rare double grand slam. The station won at 6 a.m. and 5 and 6 p.m. in both total viewers and with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

The 10 p.m. first among 25-to-54-year-olds also went to Fox4, but NBC5 blocked the station’s path to total dominance with a 10 p.m. win in total viewers.

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