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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Tues., March 8-12) -- NCIS and Fox4 news pack the heaviest prime-time punches

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CBS’ NCIS as usual led all prime-time players in total D-FW viewers Tuesday. But with incoming storms as a hook, Fox4’s 9 p.m. newscast both won its time slot and drew the most advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds.

NCS amassed 309,289 total viewers before CBS’ FBI held onto enough of them (274,143) to win the 8 p.m. hour opposite formidable competition from NBC’s This Is Us and ABC’s second hour of drivel from the latest season finale of The Bachelor. They both drew 196,820 viewers.

Fox4’s news then took the 9 p.m. hour in both ratings measurements, with 260,084 total viewers and a Tuesday night high of 78,762 in the 18-to-49-year-old age range.

Monday’s top prime-time scorers were NBC’s 7 to 9 p.m. edition of The Voice in total viewers (267,113) and ABC’s competing The Bachelor in the 18-to-49 realm with 81,518.

Sunday’s prime-time tote board put CBS’ 60 Minutes atop the total viewers heap (196,820) while Fox’s The Simpsons and Fox4’s 9 p.m. news tied for the top spot with 18-to-49ers (48,307 each). CBS’ two-hour tribute to the late Aretha Franklin, which aired from 8 to 10 p.m., averaged 105,440 total viewers and 36,230 in the 18-to-49 motherlode.

On Friday night, CBS’ Blue Bloods ranked No. 1 in total viewers (238,996) and the network’s 7 p.m. Gayle King interview with R. Kelly won the 18-to-49 crown (36,230).

OK, let’s wind this up as usual with the weekday local news derby results.

Friday -- CBS11 won in total viewers at 10 p.m. while Fox4 finished first with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. competitions and WFAA8 did likewise at 6 p.m. The 5 p.m. golds went to NBC5 in total viewers and WFAA8 with 25-to-54-year-olds.

Monday -- Hey now, Fox4 achieved a very rare double grand slam if the 10 p.m. results in total viewers are extended to an extra decimal point rather than rounding them off per usual. In that case, the tiebreaker goes to Fox4 by a score of 153,942 total viewers to WFAA8’s 153,239.

Fox4 otherwise swept the 6 a.m. and 5 and 6 p.m. competitions in clear-cut fashion.

Tuesday -- Fox4 ran the table at both 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

CBS11 had the most total viewers at 6 p.m., with WFAA8 leading among 25-to-54-year-olds. The 5 p.m. spoils went to NBC5 in total viewers and Fox4 with 25-to-54-year-olds.

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