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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed.-Sun., March 1-5) -- Little Big Shots returns like a cannon

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NBC’s Season 2 launch of Little Big Shots went boom Sunday night, leading all TV programming in total viewers.

The Steve Harvey-hosted showcase for kids with out-sized talents drew 334,471 D-FW viewers as a prime lead-in for the time slot premiere of the Peacock’s Chicago Justice and the Season 2 launch of Shades of Blue. Both likewise won their hours among the Big Four broadcast networks with respective totals of 203,591 and 159,964 viewers.

The night’s pair of new time travel series were lost in space. Fox’s 7:30 p.m. premiere of Making History and ABC’s two-hour first outing of Time After Time from 8 to 10 p.m. each drew just 65,440 viewers.

Over on FX, the acclaimed premiere of Feud: Bette and Joan, starring Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange as Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, turned out to be a popgun in the same-night Nielsens. The 9 p.m. hour had 29,812 viewers while a 10 p.m. encore dipped to 18,178. AMC’s 8 p.m. episode of The Walking Dead led all cable attractions with 276,302 viewers.

Among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, Little Big Shots easily topped all Big Four broadcast network programs with 102,627 viewers. Walking Dead again was the overall kingpin in this key demographic with 163,562 viewers.

In Friday’s prime-time ratings, CBS’ 8 p.m. rerun of Hawaii Five-0 topped all programming in total viewers with 167,235. Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast drew the most 18-to-49-year-olds (32,071). ABC’s 8 to 10 p.m. finale of the four-part, eight-hour When We Rise averaged 25,657 viewers in the 18-to-49 realm. That was good enough for first place in its first hour and second from 9 to 10 p.m.

On Thursday, NBC won the first two hours of prime-time in total viewers with The Voice (290,844) and Chicago Med (203,591) before Fox4’s news won from 9 to 10 p.m. with 189,049). The 18-to-49 golds went to The Voice, Fox’s My Kitchen Rules and the Fox4 newscast. When We Rise ran third from 8 to 9 p.m. and second in the 9 to 10 p.m. slot.

Here we go to Wednesday night, with NBC sweeping prime-time in total viewers with its “crossover event” trifecta of Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. and Chicago Justice. In the 18-to-49 motherlode, Fire and P.D. took the 7 to 9 p.m. hours before Fox4’s news again ran first at 9 p.m.

When We Rise drew its highest number of 18-to-49-year-olds -- 38,485 -- on this final night of the February “sweeps.” But against mostly first-run programming, it finished fourth from 8 to 9 p.m. and third from 9 to 10 p.m., beating only CBS’ competing reprise of Bull, a hasty replacement for the quickly canceled Doubt.

Here are the Wednesday-Friday local news derby results.

Wednesday -- NBC5 closed out the February sweeps robustly, winning at 5, 6 and 10 p.m. in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming). Fox4 salvaged twin wins at 6 a.m.

Thursday -- TEGNA8 had the most total viewers at 10 p.m., but Fox4 won among 25-to-54-year-olds while also topping the 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. competitions in both ratings measurements.

NBC5 and TEGNA8 tied for the most total viewers at 6 p.m. while the Peacock won outright with 25-to-54-year-olds.

Friday -- TEGN8 and CBS11 tied for the most total viewers at 10 p.m. with NBC5 winning among 25-to-54-year-olds.

Fox4 ran first with total viewers at 6 a.m., but the Peacock took the 25-to-54-year-old gold.

Both 5 p.m. wins went to Fox4. The station also tied NBC5 for the most total viewers at 6 p.m. and won outright at that hour with 25-to-54-year-olds.

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