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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed.-Thurs., July 18-19) -- Big Brother gives CBS another couple of uppers

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Who’s your daddy? Once again -- make it twice -- that would be Big Brother.

CBS’ summertime heavy-hitter led Wednesday and Thursday prime-time programming in both total D-FW viewers and with advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds. The latter audience demographic otherwise remains elusive to a network that tends to skew older than some of Uncle Barky’s ties.

On Thursday night, BB pulled in 170,930 total viewers and 87,377 within the 18-to-49 age range. Wednesday’s edition likewise led all prime-time TV attractions with 170,930 total viewers while upping its 18-to-49-year-old haul to 96,739 viewers.

ABC devoted all three hours Wednesday night to ESPN’s ESPY awards, which attracted 99,709 total viewers and just 31,206 in the 18-to-49 realm.

Here are the Wednesday-Thursday local news derby results.

Wednesday -- TEGNA8 led in total viewers at 10 p.m. while Fox4 won with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 otherwise swept the 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. competitions, and added a 6 p.m. win among 25-to-54-year-olds. NBC5 drew the most total viewers at 6 p.m.

Thursday -- The 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. results replicated Wednesday’s.

At 6 p.m., Fox4 and TEGNA8 tied for first in total viewers, with Fox4 alone on top with 25-to-54-year-olds. NBC5 ran the table at 5 p.m.

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