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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs., April 18) -- Big Bang and Grey's top charts

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Two prime-time venerables, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory and ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, drew the biggest D-FW audience hauls on a Thursday night that overall didn’t amount to much.

Big Bang led all programming in total viewers (224,938) while Grey’s corralled the most advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds (66,422).

Perhaps you’re thinking that a lot of attention might have been diverted to the three cable news networks chewing over the Mueller report, which was released earlier Thursday. Not really. Fox News Channel ran first in total viewers during the prime-time hours of 7 to 10 p.m., but the top draw, Hannity, didn’t make much noise with 73,808 total viewers in the 8 p.m. hour. CNN’s coverage opposite Hannity led among 18-to-49ers with just 15,096 while Hannity had a puny 4,227 viewers in this key demographic.

Here are Thursday’s four-way local news derby results.

WFAA8 swept the 10 p.m. competitions, winning in both total viewers and with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 extended its more than year-long winning streak at 6 a.m., but barely beat WFAA8 in the total viewers measurement by one-tenth of a ratings point. That’s the closest it’s been since Good Day began this unprecedented streak on March 31st of last year.

The 6 p.m. golds went to WFAA8 in total viewers and Fox4 among 25-to-54-year-olds. NBC5 broke through with a 5 p.m. win in total viewers while WFAA8 was tops with 25-to-54-year-olds.

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