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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., Feb. 12) -- CBS & NBC do the splits

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Crime paid for CBS, as it always does on Tuesday nights. But also as always, not with advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds.

The network’s NCIS led off as the night’s highest scorer in total D-FW viewers, pulling in 344,436. New episodes of CBS’ FBI and NCIS: New Orleans also won from 8 to 10 p.m. with respective hauls of 281,172 and 238,996 viewers. Over on TBS, the 9:30 p.m. premiere of Miracle Workers, starring Steve Buscemi as God and Daniel Radcliffe as a schlepper, drew just 21,088 total viewers.

Tuesday’s 18-to-49 spoils mostly went to NBC, with This Is Us (57,365 viewers) and New Amsterdam (51,926) taking the 8 to 10 p.m. hours. But Fox’s Lethal Weapon snuck in with a 7 p.m. win, drawing 36,230 viewers in this key demographic. Fox’s The Gifted then plunged to a meager 7,548 viewers in the 18-to-49 realm to easily rank as the night’s lowest draw among the Big Four broadcast networks.

Here are the local news derby results for the ninth weekday of the February “sweeps” ratings period.

CBS11 stayed strong at 10 p.m., cruising to a third straight weekday win in total viewers and uncommonly adding a first place finish with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming). CBS11 anchor Doug Dunbar remained alone in the saddle at this hour while the station continues to leave the other seat vacant after Kaley O’Kelley departed back in May of last year. Maybe they don’t need a traditional “boy-girl” team? CBS11 won the November sweeps in total viewers with Dunbar at the reins without a desk mate.

Fox4 racked up another sweep at 6 a.m. and WFAA8 won in both ratings measurements at 6 p.m. The 5 p.m. firsts went to NBC5 in total viewers and Fox4 among 25-to-54-year-olds.

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