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Firing up the Februrary "sweeps"

Thursday marked opening night of the four-week February “sweeps,” with ABC throwing the hardest punches with the return of its “Thank God It’s Thursday” lineup of Shonda Rhimes-produced dramas.

We have all the D-FW ratings details, plus the opening shots in the local news wars among Fox4, NBC5, Gannett8 and CBS11. The Dallas-Fort Worth TV page is your venue.

Also, enjoy a blast from the distant past with this 1985 KDFW-TV news promo starring the late Jim Varney’s Ernest P. Worrell. Yes, that actually happened, with Ernest touting the team of Clarice Tinsley, Steve Bosh, James Spann and Paul Crane. You can see it here.
Ed Bark

Pivot network hopes to up its visibility with the icy/snowy Fortitude

The still fledgling Pivot network offers its first original drama series on Thursday, Jan. 29th. It’s the very picturesque Fortitude, which is set in the Arctic Circle. Our review is here.

Also, Fox’s Empire very much remains in charge of the D-FW Nielsen ratings.
Ed Bark

CNN crows about January ratings uplift

CNN lately is making significant headway in its ratings war with Fox News Channel and MSNBC. The January Nielsen ratings are testament to that. And the network therefore could care less whether some are watching because CNN regularly is ripe for ridicule. Details and our commentary are on the Network News & Reviews page.
Ed Bark

A hoot and a hee haw: truTV's Breaking Greenville toys with real-life small-town TV news

Breaking Greenville, premiering Thursday, Jan. 29th on truTV, pits two small-town TV news operations against each other in a real-life battle for ratings supremacy. Or at least that’s how it’s played in this “character-driven, comedic docu-soap.” Our review is here.

Plus, Monday’s D-FW Nielsen ratings “snapshot” is posted.
Ed Bark

FX's The Americans returns -- but not yet in the finest of forms

Season 3 of FX’s acclaimed The Americans launches on Wednesday, Jan. 28th. So far so good. But not as good as previous starts in this view. Our review is here.
Ed Bark