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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs., May 15) -- Big Bang, Grey's are heaviest hitters

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The season finales of CBS’ The Big Bang Theory and ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy came up biggest on an active Thursday night in which the conclusion of NBC’s Rosemary’s Baby re-do capped the Peacock’s biggest bust of the season.

Big Bang amassed 497,091 D-FW viewers to easily rank as the night’s most-watched program. Grey’s, which said farewell to charter cast member Sandra Oh’s Dr. Cristina Yang, won its 8 p.m. hour in a close battle with Fox’s American Idol results hour. Grey’s had 262,748 viewers to Idol’s 241,444.

CBS’ Elementary season-ender won at 9 p.m. with 248,546 viewers.

Among advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds, the 7 to 10 p.m. winners were Big Bang, the second half of Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen, Grey’s and Elementary.

NBC’s 8 to 10 p.m. closeout of Rosemary’s Baby drew a paltry 49,709 total viewers, with just 19,540 in the 18-to-49 age range. That ranked it last among the Big Four broadcast networks in total viewers and it also ran behind The CW’s 8 p.m. episode of Reign among 18-to-49-year-olds. For NBC, Rosemary’s sat at the bottom end of a remake teeter totter whose high point was a holiday season live telecast of The Sound of Music.

In Thursday’s local news derby results, CBS11 won at 10 p.m. in total viewers while WFAA8 drew the most 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

NBC5 edged Fox4 for first place in total viewers at 6 a.m.; the two stations tied for the top spot among 25-to-54-year-olds.

WFAA8 swept the 6 p.m. competitions, with the total viewers portion a tight fight involving all four stations. At 5 p.m., the golds went to NBC5 in total viewers and Fox4 in the 25-to-54 demographic.

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