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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon.-Tues., Sept. 23-24) -- Emergence submerges while medical dramas answer the call on first two nights of Premiere Week

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ABC’s high hopes for two new series were tempered Tuesday night while a quartet of Monday night newcomers also had tough starts.

“Premiere Week” is upon us, and so far the returning favorites continue to resonate.

In Tuesday’s prime-time Nielsens, ABC’s 9 p.m. launch of Emergence drew 133,557 D-FW viewers to finish third in that slot behind CBS’ season premiere of NCIS: New Orleans (231,967 viewers) and Fox4’s local newscast (182,762 viewers). NBC’s second season launch of New Amsterdam lagged with 105,440 viewers.

Fox4’s news led among advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds (69,442), with Emergence again ranking third (30,192).

Tuesday’s other series premiere, ABC’s 8 p.m. episode of the black-ish spinoff mixed-ish, also finished third in both ratings measurements with 119,498 total viewers and 33,211 in the 18-to-49 realm. CBS’ 8 p.m. return of FBI narrowly beat NBC’s competing re-launch of This Is Us in total viewers (224,938 to 217,908) while This Is Us was the night’s top performer among 18-to-49ers with 87,557.

The umpteenth season premiere of CBS’ NCIS drew the most total viewers (309,289) of any Tuesday program.

In Monday’s prime-time wars, Fox’s 7 p.m. return of 9-1-1 was tops overall in the Big Four broadcast network universe with 253,055 total viewers and 96,614 in the 18-to-49 demographic. Fox’s 8 p.m. premiere of Prodigal Son then fell to fourth place in that hour with total viewers (133,557) but perked up to second place in the 18-to-49 age range (54,346), behind only NBC’s second hour of The Voice (66,422).

The Peacock’s premiere of the Jimmy Smits-led Bluff City Law fared poorly in the 9 p.m. hour with a fourth place finish in total viewers (105,440) while running a distant third with 18-to-49ers (24,154) -- ahead of only CBS’ competing season premiere of Bull (18,115). ABC’s season premiere of The Good Doctor impressively won the 9 p.m. slot in both total viewers (189,791) and with 18-to-49-year-olds (78,499).

CBS’ new comedy entry, Bob Hearts Abishola, got jilted in the 8:30 p.m. slot with 112,469 total viewers and 18,115 in the 18-to-49 realm. That put it last in both measurements during that half-hour.

CBS’ following premiere of the courtroom drama All Rise likewise bombed with 18-to-49ers, finishing last with 12,077). It fared a little better in total viewers, moving up to third place in the 8 p.m. hour (147,615) ahead of the aforementioned Prodigal Son.

All of these attractions fell short of ESPN’s Monday Night Football matchup of the Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins. The game averaged 295,231 total viewers, with 126,806 in the 18-to-49 sweet spot.

Here are the local news derby results for the first two days of Premiere Week.

Monday -- WFAA8 drew the most total viewers at 10 p.m. while Fox4 ran first among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 returned to its accustomed first place position at 6 a.m. with twin wins, and also took the top spots at 5 and 6 p.m. with 25-to-54-year-olds.

Fox4 and WFAA8 shared the 6 p.m. lead in total viewers; NBC5 won in that measurement at 5 p.m.

Tuesday -- Fox4 had a big day, winning in both ratings measurements at 6 a.m. and at 5 and 6 p.m. during Day Two of the heavy coverage of police officer Amber Guyger’s murder trial.

WFAA8 again took first place at 10 p.m. in total viewers while Fox4 likewise repeated its win with 25-to-54-year-olds.

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