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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon.-Tues., Sept. 19-20) -- big returns for newcomers Bull, This Is Us

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CBS and NBC couldn’t ask for much more. The respective premieres of their new fall series, Bull and This Is Us, rode big lead-in boosts to impressive performances Tuesday night.

Bull, starring former longtime NCIS regular Michael Weatherly, drew 375,367 D-FW viewers in the 8 p.m. hour. That retained almost all of the audience for CBS’ preceding season premiere of NCIS (382,450 viewers). The newcomer also outdrew the second hour of NBC’s competing The Voice (347,038 viewers) and trounced ABC’s Dancing with the Stars (141,648).

Bull ran second to The Voice among advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds, but drew a bigger crowd in this key demographic than either NCIS or the following NCIS: New Orleans.

At 9 p.m., the launch of This Is Us had 290,378 total viewers to win the hour in a hard-fought fight with NCIS: New Orleans (269,131 viewers). But This Is Us crushed all competing programing among 18-to-49-year-olds, drawing more than twice the crowd for NCIS: New Orleans (123,852 viewers to 53,987).

Viewers hit the mute button for Fox’s Season 2 premiere of Scream Queens, which ran a distant last among the Big Four broadcast networks at 7 p.m. in both audience measurements. ABC’s 9 p.m. re-launch of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. also slumbered with a pair of fourth place finishes.

On Monday night, the premieres of CBS’ Kevin Can Wait and NBC’s The Good Place likewise won their time slots with both total viewers and `8-to-49-year-olds. But the falloffs were considerably sharper from their high-powered lead-in programs.

CBS opened prime-time with the season premiere of The Big Bang Theory, which had 368,285 total viewers and 155,609 in the 18-to-49 sweet spot. Kevin Can Wait then dipped to 226,637 total viewers and 88,920 in the 18-to-49 age range.

On NBC, The Voice won big from 7 to 9 p.m. with 318,708 total viewers and 142,907 in the 18-to-49 realm. The Good Place fell to respective totals of 198,807 and 85,744 viewers.

Here are the Monday and Tuesday local news derby results:

Monday -- NBC5 topped the 10 p.m. field in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. competitions, CBS11 did likewise at 6 p.m. and NBC5 had twin wins at 5 p.m.

Tuesday -- Notch another pair of 10 p.m. wins for NBC5, which added sweeps at both 5 and 6 p.m. Fox4 again ruled in both ratings measurements at 6 a.m.

TEGNA8 remained ratings-starved and has gone winless for eight straight weekdays in the four major newscast battlegrounds.

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