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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs., June 30) -- Big Bang, Big Brother pace prime-time

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
The prime-time ratings were slow on the draw in D-FW Thursday, with CBS’ Big Bang Theory repeat drawing the most viewers while the network’s Big Brother was tops with advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds.

Both shows had smallish audiences. Big Bang lured 162,895 total viewers in the 7 to 7:30 p.m. slot before Big Brother pulled in 60,338 viewers in the 18-to-49 age range.

ABC’s 8 p.m. premiere of Greatest Hits won its time slot in total viewers (134,566) and ran second to BB with 44,460 in the 18-to-49 realm.

The night’s biggest loser, NBC’s 9 p.m. episode of Aquarius, had respective totals of 28,330 and 6,315 viewers. Expect it to be exiled soon to either Saturdays (as it was last summer) or online somewhere.

On Fox Sports Southwest, the Texas Rangers’ day game loss to the Yankees averaged 70,824 total viewers and 15,879 in the 18-to-49-year-old demographic. There’s nothing like a workday afternoon game to slow ratings momentum.

Here are Thursday’s local news derby results.

TEGNA8 won at 10 p.m. in total viewers, but NBC5 had the most 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

The 6 a.m. spoils were split, with Fox4 winning in total viewers and NBC5 among 25-to-54-year-olds.

At 6 p.m., CBS11 broke a long losing streak with a first-place finish in total viewers. The station hadn’t won outright since Wednesday, May 15th. NBC5 took the top spot with 25-to-54-year-olds at 6 p.m.

Fox4 swept the 5 p.m. competitions.

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Fox4 early morning anchor Tim Ryan wears out voice, recuperates

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Tim Ryan left a button to speak for him on Facebook page.

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
Was it something he said?

Fox4’s Tim Ryan, D-FW’s dean of early morning news anchors, is temporarily off the air after his voice gave out.

“Went to the doc about recurring laryngitis,” he said on his Facebook page Wednesday night. “In her words, ‘your throat looks like a war zone.’ So . . . see you soon!”

Fox4 news director Robin Whitmeyer says it won’t be that long.

“He’s expected back on Monday, July 4,” she told unclebarky.com. “Rested and ready!”

The station’s Good Day, which Ryan has co-anchored for 21 years, again was a runaway No. 1 in the May “sweeps” ratings. Jenny Anchondo and Dan Godwin have filled in for him.

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Subtract meteorologist Ashton Altieri from TEGNA8 news team

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By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
After a three-year stay, weekend meteorologist Ashton Altieri is leaving Dallas-based TEGNA8.

News director Carolyn Mungo termed it a “life move” in a memo to staffers obtained by unclebarky.com. At the end of August, Altieri will be returning to Denver, where his wife has received a “wonderful promotion,” Mungo said.

“So he will take his darling family and his wife and leave the Lone Star State,” she said. “He said this was the toughest decision he’s ever made. But in the end, he needed to put his family first. Which I totally get. We will miss the heck out of him. His dedication, commitment and his expertise.”

Altieri, who also fills in on weekday shifts, joined TEGNA8 in August 2013 from ABC affiliate KXTV-TV in Sacramento, CA, where he was the weekday morning meteorologist for two years. Before that he spent six years at KUSA-TV in Denver.

Mungo’s memo also mentioned the previously reported departure of reporter Mike Castellucci, who also will leaving at the end of August. Castellucci, who had two tours at TEGNA8, has accepted a teaching position at Michigan State University.

Mungo praised him for putting the station “on the map when it came to innovation. We were so lucky to have him . . . We will be looking for the next ‘wordsmith.’ “

“This newsroom is about work, but I take pride in the fact that this room is also human,” Mungo added. “While I will miss these guys terribly, I understand that life takes you on a journey. And I applaud both of them for following their ‘next right path.’ “

Altieri, Castellucci and early morning reporter Jenny Doren make it three TEGNA8 news staffers who have left for other pursuits in the past six weeks. Doren spent just two years at the station. All three departing staffers were hired (or in Castellucci’s case, re-hired) by Mungo, who became the station’s news director in February 2012.

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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon.-Wed., June 27-29) -- Rangers keep flexing

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
Wednesday night wasn’t at all pretty for the first-place Texas Rangers, who blew a four-run lead in the ninth to lose at Yankee Stadium. But the ratings again were pretty gorgeous for Fox Sports Southwest.

Rangers-Yankees led all prime-time programming with 205,390 D-FW viewers and 73,041 in the advertiser-craved 18-to-49-year-old demographic. Fox’s 7 p.m. episode of Masterchef was runner-up in total viewers with 155,813 while CBS’ 7 p.m. attraction, Big Brother, ran second among 18-to-49-year-olds (66,690).

On Tuesday night, NBC’s 8 to 10 p.m. edition of its summertime juggernaut, America’s Got Talent, pushed Rangers-Yankees into second place with total viewers by a score of 254,966 to 198,307. But the Rangers tied Fox’s 8 p.m. episode of Coupled for the most 18-to-49-year-olds (57,163 apiece).

Monday’s Game 1 of the Rangers-Yankees series, divided by a more than a three-and-a-half-hour rain delay, nonetheless had overall higher numbers than competing prime-time programming. Before the delay, the game hit high points between 8:30 and 8:45 p.m. in total viewers (269,131) and 9:30 to 9:45 p.m. in the 18-to-49 realm (120,677).

The game resumed around 1:15 a.m., with the Rangers rallying for four runs in the ninth to win 9-6. At that hour, 28,330 total viewers were still on hand -- or sleeping somewhere with the TV still on. More than half of them -- 15,879 -- were in the 18-to-49 age range.

Here are the local news derby results for Monday-Wednesday:

Monday -- NBC5 took the top spots at 10 p.m. in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 as usual swept the 6 a.m. competitions.

At 6 p.m., Fox4 and NBC5 tied for the most total viewers but the Peacock won outright among 25-to-54-year-olds. It was the same story at 5 p.m., with the two stations tying for first in total viewers but NBC5 alone atop the 25-to-54 heap.

Tuesday -- NBC5 reigned as the overall lion king, ruling at 6 and 10 p.m. in both ratings measurements and also drawing the most 25-to-54-year-olds at 5 p.m.

Fox4 ran the table at 6 a.m. and also had the most total viewers at 5 p.m.

Wednesday -- TEGNA8 entered the winner’s circle by sweeping the 10 p.m. competitions.

Fox4 again had twin wins at 6 a.m. while NBC5 ran the table at 5 p.m. The 6 p.m. golds went to TEGNA8 in total viewers and the Peacock among 25-to-54-year-olds.

Meanwhile, it’s getting to be a long drought for CBS11. The station hasn’t won outright in any of the four-way local newscast competitions since Wednesday, June 15th, when it drew the most total viewers at 10 p.m.

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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Sun., June 24-26) -- Games' on for both ABC, Fox Sports Southwest

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
ABC’s Sunday night lineup of fun ’n’ games rang the ratings bell while the Texas Rangers dominated the Friday and Saturday prime-time Nielsen numbers.

The Season 2 premiere of Celebrity Family Feud won the 7 to 8 p.m. hour with 198,397 D-FW viewers before the reboot debuts of The 100,000 Pyramid (169,978 viewers) and The Match Game (also 169,978) likewise controlled the 8 to 10 p.m. slot.

Feud stumbled a bit with advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds, running second to CBS’ competing Big Brother by a score of 69,865 to 53,987 viewers. But both Pyramid and Match Game (57,163 viewers apiece) both easily won in this key demographic from 8 to 10 p.m. in competition among the Big Four broadcast networks.

Earlier Sunday, the Rangers’ day game win over the visiting Boston Red Sox averaged 226,637 total viewers and 92,095 in the 18-to-49 age range.

Rangers-Red Sox also beat all competing prime-time programming on both Friday and Saturday.

Friday’s game, in which the first-place Rangers blew a 6-0 lead to lost 8-7, had 191,225 total viewers and 82,568 in the 18-to-49 realm. Saturday night’s win over Boston, with a late 8:20 p.m. start to contractually accommodate the Fox network’s nationally televised game of the week, had respective totals of 177,060 and 69,865 viewers.

Here are Friday’s local news derby results.

Two stations split all the spoils.

Fox4 won at 10 p.m. in both total viewers and with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming) and also swept the 6 a.m. competitions.

NBC5 had twin wins at 5 and 6 p.m.

D-FW NEWS NOTE -- Melissa Harrison, who had been freelancing for Fort Worth-based NBC5 since late last year, has been hired by KRLD radio (1080 AM) to join the station’s weekday morning drive team.

Starting July 1st, she’ll team with incumbents Scott Sams and Mike Rogers. Harrison is a Baylor University graduate who also has a masters degree in journalism from Columbia University. From 2000 to 2004, she worked as a reporter for Dallas-based TEGNA8.

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