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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon., Oct. 17) -- doing the splits

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Two players divided the prime-time spoils in the Big Four broadcast network universe Monday while ABC and Fox again went winless.

CBS’ The Big Bang Theory led off by winning its 7 p.m. slot in both total D-FW viewers (363,555) and advertiser-craved 18-to-49-year-olds (131,491).

The 7:30 to 9 p.m. portion of NBC’s The Voice then took firm control. For its full two hours, The Voice averaged 319,928 total viewers and 125,077 in the 18-to-49 age range.

CBS’ Scorpion won the 9 p.m. hour in total viewers among the Big Four (203,591), but NBC’s competing Timeless drew the most 18-to-49-year-olds (67,349).

Fox’s 8 p.m. entry, Lucifer, continued to raise a little hell among 18-to-49-year-olds, placing second in that hour ahead of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and CBS’ sitcom duo of 2 Broke Girls and The Odd Couple. The latter show easily was the night’s low scorer in this key demographic.

Among cable networks, ESPN’s Monday Night Football offered a lackluster drubbing of the hapless New York Jets by the Arizona Cardinals. The game averaged a fairly lowly 261,760 total viewers and 131,491 in the 18-to-49 realm.

Here are Monday’s local news derby results.

TEGNA8 won in total viewers at 10 p.m. while Fox4 had the most 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 again controlled the 6 a.m. competitions in both ratings measurements and also ran the table at 6 p.m. NBC5 had twin wins at 5 p.m.

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