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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., Oct. 13) -- dese dose Dems debate

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CNN’s first 2015 Democratic presidential debate Tuesday night couldn’t be expected to outdraw NBC’s The Voice or any portion of CBS’ NCIS. And it didn’t.

Still, Hillary, Bernie and those three other guys won the 9 p.m. hour and all in all drew a very nice crowd for a Q & A & byplay that ran from 7:50 to 10:02 p.m. Overall the debate averaged 262,049 D-FW viewers, with a rather skimpy 76,217 of them in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old demographic.

CBS opened prime-time with the usual strong performance from NCIS, which had the most total viewers in the 7 p.m. hour (389,532) and edged NBC’s Best Time Ever among 18-to-49-year-olds by a score of 92,095 to 82,568.

The Voice then controlled the 8 p.m. hour with respective totals of 361,202 and 133,379 viewers before the debate kicked in.

Fox’s 8 p.m. episode of Scream Queens again fell off the prime-time map with the lowest viewer totals among the Big 4 broadcast networks save for ABC’s 9 p.m. rerun of the over-used Shark Tank. Scream Queens drew 56,659 total viewers and 38,108 in the 18-to-49 age range. That’s a very solid percentage of viewers in this key demographic, but it’s also a slice of a very low overall total.

Here are Tuesday’s local news derby results.

NBC5 and TEGNA8 tied for the most total viewers at 10 p.m., even though the latter station got a junk lead-in audience from Shark Tank while NBC5 had triple the crowd from 9:45 to 10 p.m. for its network’s season premiere of Chicago Fire. NBC5 had first place to itself among 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

Fox4 won at 6 a.m. in total viewers and shared first place with NBC5 in the 25-to-54 demographic.

The Peacock ran the table at 5 p.m. while TEGNA8 did likewise at 6 p.m.

LOCAL TV NEWS NOTE: Eric King, who had been part of an anchor triumvirate on NBC5’s weekday early morning newscasts, has been “reassigned to do more general reporting throughout the day,” a station spokesman confirms. Deborah Ferguson and Marc Fein remain at the crack-of-dawn anchor desk.

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