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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., Aug. 22) -- AGT, Trump speech are prime-time pacesetters

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NBC’s two-hour America’s Got Talent as usual drew prime-time’s biggest crowd Tuesday before President Trump took over with a histrionic, free-form speech before thousands of his acolytes in Phoenix.

AGT weighed in with 305,386 D-FW viewers from 7 to 9 p.m. and also topped all programming among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds with 76,970 viewers.

The President’s speech, in which he at length branded almost all media as evil-doers (save for Fox News Channel), was most-watched on -- Fox News Channel. During the 9 to 10 p.m. closing hour of prime-time, Trump had 145,422 viewers for FNC’s live coverage, which easily outdrew rivals CNN and MSNBC. His speech began shortly after 9 p.m. and stretched into the 10 p.m. hour. Trump named FNC as the lone network that had been “fair” to him while singling out Sean Hannity and Fox and Friends for special praise.

The aggregate audience on FNC, CNN and MSNBC also made Trump the 9 p.m. winner with 18-to-49-year-olds. But Fox4’s local 9 p.m. newscast had the largest crowd for any single channel with 41,692 viewers in this key demographic.

Here are Tuesday’s local news derby results.

TEGNA8 and CBS11 tied for the most total viewers at 10 p.m., but Fox4 dominated with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 additionally swept the 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. competitions and added a 6 p.m. win with 25-to-54-year-olds. NBC5 ran first in total viewers at 6 p.m.

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