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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs., Feb. 11) -- splitting the spoils among Fox/Fox4 & CBS

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CBS’ The Big Bang Theory remained Thursday night’s heaviest hitter while Fox’s two-hour American Idol also paid some dividends.

Big Bang drew 361,120 D-FW viewers and 114,325 in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old demographic to lead all programming in both measurements.

The closing 90 minutes of Idol then won in total viewers but trailed CBS’ Life in Pieces among 18-to-49-year-olds in the 7:30 to 8 p.m. slot.

At 9 p.m., Fox4’s local newscast won in both total viewers (184,142) and with 18-to-49-year-olds (50,811).

The return of ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder lagged in the 9 p.m. hour, finishing fourth in total viewers (106,236). But HTGAWM moved up to second place among 18-to-49-year-olds in competition among the Big Four broadcast networks.

Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders also had another prime-time debate Thursday. The originating network, PBS, averaged 63,742 total viewers in the 8 to 10 p.m. slot. CNN’s simulcast surpassed that with 84,989 total viewers.

Thursday’s lowest prime-time scorer among the Big Four broadcasters, NBC’s 7 p.m. episode of You, Me and the Apocalypse, drew 49,577 total viewers and 22,230 in the 18-to-49 age range.

Here are the local news derby results for the sixth weekday of the February “sweeps” ratings period.

NBC5 won at 10 p.m. in total viewers, but Fox4 pulled in the most 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 continued to dominate at 6 a.m. with another pair of twin wins. At 6 p.m., TEGNA8 had the most total viewers while Fox4 and NBC5 tied for the top spot among 25-to-54-year-olds.

There were more first-place ties at 5 p.m., with NBC5 and TEGNA8 sharing the lead in total viewers, and Fox4 and TEGNA8 splitting the 25-to-54 gold.

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