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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., Sept. 5) -- AGT & BB again trade punches in 7 p.m. hour

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Summertime’s two hottest “reality-competition” commodities stayed that way Wednesday night.

Squaring off as usual in the 7 p.m. hour, NBC’s America’s Got Talent paced all of prime-time in total D-FW viewers with 256,396. And CBS’ Big Brother drew more advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds (71,774) than any other TV attraction.

NBC’s World of Dance then won from 8 to 10 p.m. in both ratings measurements, but with lower returns than either AGT or BB.

In daytime hours, Fox4’s downtown studios were rocked in the early morning hours when a pickup truck repeatedly slammed into the Griffin St. entrance before the driver scattered what looked to be thousands of leaflets detailing a grievance he was harboring. He was soon arrested, and no one was harmed. Fox4 reporter Brandon Todd, who also had been co-anchoring the 4 to 6 a.m. hours of the station’s expanded Good Day, particularly stood out with both his resourceful iPhone recordings of the incident and his overall composure.

Fox4’s resultant and extensive live reports didn’t hurt Good Day’s ratings. The program again dominated all competition from 6 to 10 a.m. in both total viewers and with 25-to-54-year-olds (the main advertiser target audience for news programming).

The 9 a.m. hour’s other local program, TEGNA8’s long-running Good Morning Texas, so far is taking the hardest hit from Good Day’s latest expansion. GMT ran fourth from 9 to 10 a.m. in total viewers, 25-to-54-year-olds and 18-to-49-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for entertainment programming. The gap with 25-to-54-year-olds was especially pronounced, with Good Day pulling in 50,002 viewers while GMT had a sub-puny 5,883.

The second episode of the new Free4All, hosted by veteran sports anchor Mike Doocy while he awaits a co-anchor, again more than held its own from 10:30 to 11 p.m. opposite the first halves of late night talk shows on ABC, CBS and NBC.

Free4All ran a close third in total viewers, beating ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, but won the half-hour with both 25-to-54-year-olds and 18-to-49-year-olds.

Here are Wednesday’s four-way local news derby results.

CBS11 ran first at 10 p.m. in total viewers while Fox4 and NBC5 tied for the top spot among 25-to-54-year-olds.

Fox4 as usual ran the table at 6 a.m. and NBC5 scored a doubleheader win at 6 p.m. The 5 p.m. spoils went to the Peacock in total viewers and Fox4 in the 25-to-54-year-old demographic.

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