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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., March 8) -- Survivor of the fittest

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CBS’ Survivor: Game Changers launched the “reality” franchise’s 34th edition Wednesday night while ABC returned Designated Survivor to its lineup after a lengthy hiatus.

ABC fared better, with Designated Survivor topping the 9 to 10 p.m. slot in both total D-FW viewers (174,506) and with advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds (54,521).

Survivor: Game Changers, airing from 7 to 9 p.m., drew 123,609 total viewers and 41,692 in the 18-to-49 age range. In the total viewers measurement, that fell short of Fox’s competing Lethal Weapon (prime-time’s overall top draw with 239,946 viewers) and ABC’s 8 to 9 p.m. combo of Modern Family and black-ish. Among 18-to-49-year-olds, Survivor: Game Changers trailed those shows plus Fox’s 8 p.m. episode of Star.

Here are Wednesday’s local news derby results.

TEGNA8 had the most total viewers at 10 p.m. while NBC5 prevailed with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 scored twin wins at 6 a.m. while the Peacock did likewise at 6 p.m. The 5 p.m. golds went to NBC5 in total viewers and Fox4 in the 25-to-54 realm.

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