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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs., May 1) -- May day for new series Bad Teacher, Black Box

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Another two new series are on life support after their second episodes pretty much flat-lined in Thursday’s D-FW Nielsen ratings.

American Idol also took another hard punch when NBC’s three-hour iHeart Radio Music Awards easily outdrew it among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds during the 8 to 8:30 p.m. portion opposite Fox’s onetime unbeatable force.

Let’s start with CBS’ new Bad Teacher, which drew 127,823 total viewers between 8:30 and 9 p.m. to dig a death valley between the network’s Two and a Half Men (241,444) and Elementary (220,140). Even worse, Bad Teacher tied CW’s competing last half-hour of Reign for a distant fourth place with 18-to-49-year-olds.

At 9 p.m., ABC’s second episode of the medical drama Black Box ran fourth in both ratings measurements, with its 106,520 total viewers a sharp falloff from the network’s preceding Grey’s Anatomy (234,343).

The 8 p.m. Idol results show had 170,431 total viewers to finish third in that measurement by a thin margin over NBC’s iHeart. But Idol was no match for iHeart among 18-to-49-year-olds, trailing by a score of 78,161 to 48,851 viewers from 8 to 8:30 p.m. The first half of Grey’s Anatomy took the gold in that half-hour while Idol tied Two and a Half Men for third place.

CBS’ 7 p.m. episode of The Big Bang Theory as usual led all Thursday programming in both total viewers (497,091) and 18-to-49-year-olds (182,375).

In the local news derby results, WFAA8 won a tight four-way battle for the most total viewers at 10 p.m. while Fox4 and NBC5 tied for the top spot among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 and NBC5 also shared the 6 a.m. lead in total viewers, but Fox4 won outright with 25-to-54-year-olds.

The Peacock had the most total viewers at 6 p.m. Fox4 otherwise prevailed with a 5 p.m. sweep and the most 25-to-54-year-olds at 6 p.m.

PROGRAMMING NOTE: Dallas Mavericks TV play-by-play man Mark Followill would very much like you to know that TXA21 will be telecasting Friday’s Game 6 of the Mavs-San Antonio Spurs playoff series.

He’s irked that some programming guides haven’t had the correct listings for TXA21, which he blames in part for TNT’s ratings edge over TXA21 for Wednesday’s Game 5. He thought this website should have mentioned the programming guide situation in Wednesday’s ratings “snapshot” instead of “editorializing” (in his view) about a “reversal in viewing choices” after TXA21 had more viewers for Monday’s Game 4 than TNT did.

ESPN, not TNT, will be the cable network home for Friday’s Game 6, which starts at 7 p.m. But TXA21 will be the homegrown home. So let me repeat in bold-face capital letters: CONTRARY TO WHAT YOU MIGHT SEE IN SOME PROGRAMMING GUIDES, TXA21 WILL HAVE THE MAVS-SPURS GAME FRIDAY NIGHT.

Meanwhile, the Texas Rangers will be shifted over to Fox Sports Southwest for their late-starting game against the Angels.

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