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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., Sept. 14) -- smallish restart for NBC's Blindspot

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NBC expectedly tattooed the competition with the latest season finale of America’s Got Talent before the Season 2 premiere of Blindspot and its featured tattooed lady fell sharply in the D-FW Nielsen ratings.

The two-hour AGT, which crowned pint-sized 12-year-old singer/musician Grace VanderWaal as the hit summer series’ latest champ, comfortably won the 7 to 9 p.m. slot with 339,955 viewers. AGT also held off Fox’s second hour of Masterchef to run first in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old demographic with 95,271 viewers.

At 9 p.m., Fox4’s local newscast took over with respective totals of 155,813 and 47,636 viewers. Blindspot dropped to second place with 148,730 total viewers and 34,933 in the 18-to-49-year-old age range. From 9:30 to 10 p.m., TXA21’s rerun of 2 Broke Girls also had more 18-to-49-year-olds than Blindspot.

Here are Wednesday’s local news derby results.

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

Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. races and NBC5 ran the table at 6 p.m. The 5 p.m. winners were NBC5 in total viewers and Fox4 among 25-to-54-year-olds.

The 6 a.m. results in the key 25-to-54-year-old news demographic show the gaping disparity between the haves (Fox4/NBC5) and the have-nots (TEGNA8/CBS11). Here’s how it looked Wednesday morning:

Fox4 -- 71,432 viewers
NBC5 -- 65,479
CBS11 -- 11,905
TEGNA8 -- 8,931

LOCAL TV NEWS NOTE: -- Denver’s CBS-owned KCNC-TV has announced the hiring of former TEGNA8 meteorologist Ashton Altieri as part of a revamp of its weathercasting team. He’ll join the station in October as KCNC’s weekday morning and noon newscast meteorologist.

Altieri left TEGNA8 in August to join his wife as a part of a “life move,” news director Carolyn Mungo told staffers in a memo. She had accepted a “wonderful promotion” in Denver, Mungo said. Altieri had worked weekends at TEGNA8 and also filled in on weekday newscasts.

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