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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Mon., Feb. 17-20) -- The Bachelor re-takes Monday night

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After two weeks of trailing behind Fox’s two new action dramas, ABC’s The Bachelor began smelling like a ratings rose again Monday night. Or at least a carnation.

The latest two-hour dollop led from 7 to 9 p.m. in total D-FW viewers (196,320) while also winning its time slot among advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds (70,556). A strong local angle was in play. Dallasite Rachel Lindsay, already announced as the first African-American star of The Bachelorette, ostensibly is still in the running to be current bachelor Nick Viall’s true love. On Monday’s edition, she took him home to meet the parents in a faux ritual that obviously won’t pay off in the end.

In the Big Four broadcast network arena, Fox’s 7 p.m. attraction, 24: Legacy, fell to last place in total viewers during that hour and beat only CBS’ 7:30 p.m. episode of Man With a Plan in the 18-to-49 demographic. Fox’s 8 p.m. hour of APB fared a bit better in total viewers, outdrawing the second hour of NBC’s competing American Ninja Warrior in total viewers. But it ran an across-the-board fourth with 18-to-49-year-olds.

The 9 p.m. hour went to CBS’ Scorpion in both ratings measurements, with Fox4’s local newscast taking the silver.

On Sunday night, CBS ran first in total viewers from 7 to 9 p.m. with the lone free broadcast network airing of The Good Fight (167,235 viewers) plus NCIS: Los Angeles (218,133). Fox4’s 9 p.m. local news then took over with 167,235 viewers. The remaining nine episodes of Good Fight’s first season will be available only on the CBS All Access streaming site, which’ll cost you extra.

NBC’s three-hour 90th anniversary tribute to itself averaged 152,693 viewers from 7 to 10 p.m., beating TNT’s dunking, defense-less NBA All-Star game (116,338 viewers). But it was a different outcome among 18-to-49-year-olds, with the 192-182 West win over the East pacing all Sunday night programming with 76,970 viewers. The next closest attraction, ABC’s 7 to 9 p.m. airing of the animated Disney film Tangled, drew 51,314 viewers in the 18-to-49 realm while NBC’s three-hour shebang fizzled to 38,485 viewers in this key demographic.

Saturday night’s NBA All-Star preliminaries on TNT, headlined by the three-point shooting and slam dunk competitions, pulled in 101,795 total viewers and 64,142 in the 18-to-49 age range. Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast did better in total viewers with 167,235, which led all prime-time programming. But the All-Star stuff easily topped the 18-to-49 demographic.

On Friday, the prime-time pacesetters as usual were CBS’ 9 p.m. episode of Blue Bloods in total viewers (254,489) and ABC’s 8 p.m. hour of Shark Tank among 18-to-49-year-olds (41,692)

Here are the local news derby results for the 12th and 13th weekdays of the February “sweeps.”

Friday -- TEGNA8 swept the 10 p.m. competitions in total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

NBC5 had twin wins at both 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. The 5 p.m. golds went to the Peacock in total viewers and Fox4 with 25-to-54-year-olds.

Monday -- Two of the four major TV news providers -- Fox4 and NBC5 -- did the holiday exemption mambo in deference to President’s Day. So their Feb. 20th ratings won’t be counted in the overall sweeps averages.

TEGNA8 and CBS11 played for keeps, with TEGNA8 taking most of the hardware. The ABC station ran first at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., had the most total viewers at 5 p.m. and the most 25-to-54-year-olds at 10 p.m. CBS11 won in total viewers at 10 p.m. and tied TEGNA8 for the top spot at 5 p.m. in the 25-to-54 measurement.

Had it played along, though, NBC5 would have been a dominant No. 1 in both ratings measurements at 5 and 6 p.m., and tied CBS11 for first in total viewers at 10 p.m. Fox4 would have won at 10 p.m. with 25-to-54-year-olds while tying TEGNA8 at 6 a.m. for the most total viewers. And now you know.

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