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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., Feb. 21) -- CBS, NBC again split spoils

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
Tuesday’s two thoroughbreds, NCIS and This Is Us, again punched winning tickets in the prime-time Nielsens.

The CBS evergreen topped all D-FW attractions in total viewers with 407,182. And NBC’s first-year smash easily drew the most advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds (147,527). This Is Us also won its 8 p.m. hour in total viewers with 319,928. And NCIS took its 7 p.m. slot in the 18-to-49-year-old demographic (70,556).

In a split decision at 9 p.m., CBS’ NCIS: New Orleans had the most total viewers (254,489) while NBC’s Chicago Fire led among 18-to-49ers with 44,899.

ABC again had the most have-nots throughout the night, although Fox’s 7 p.m. episode of New Girl drew the fewest total viewers (a sub-paltry 36,356). ABC’s 8:30 p.m. episode of The Real O’Neals set the prime-time low bar in the 18-to-49 realm with 12,828. Both comedies are looking like virtually certain cancellations after playing out their strings.

Here are the local news derby results for the 14th weekday of the February “sweeps.”

CBS11 ranked first in total viewers at 10 p.m., while NBC5 edged Fox4 and TEGNA8 for the top spot with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 had twin wins at 6 a.m. and NBC5 swept the 5 and 6 p.m. competitions in both ratings measurements. The sweeps end next Wednesday, March 1st.

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

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
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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Reporter Chris Jose calls it a day at NBC5 and is joining Atlanta's WSB-TV

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By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
After less than a year-and-a-half at NBC5, reporter Chris Jose is leaving the Fort Worth-based station and joining the news staff of Atlanta’s WSB-TV, that city’s ABC affiliate.

Jose arrived at NBC5 in September 2015 from Denver, where he reported for both Fox’s KDVR-TV and The CW’s KWGN-TV.

“We’re moving to Atlanta! Sounds crazy, right?” Jose posted on his Facebook page Monday, Feb. 20th. “The thought is overwhelming, but we’re excited for this new adventure.”

Jose and his wife, Jaclyn, are the new parents of twins Cameron and Julianna.

“I’ll always be thankful for the opportunity NBC5 gave me,” he said. “I worked alongside some of the best photojournalists in the country and I’m proud of the work we accomplished everyday . . . No egos. No BS. They always had your back. I learned a lot from them. I’m grateful for their input, both professionally and personally.”

Jose, who is scheduled to join WSB on March 13th, termed it a “legacy station considered to be one of the greatest in the country. I look forward to joining a team of veteran journalists who are committed to telling impactful stories in every newscast.”

He is in his last week with NBC5, Jose said.

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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs., Feb. 16) -- Big Bang again on top but prime-time audiences remain skimpy

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
February’s unseasonable warmth, with more of the same coming, is not lighting a fire under D-FW’s prime-time ratings. Absent any “arctic blasts,” many potential viewers apparently are getting out and about rather than hunkering down.

Delayed viewing will perk up most of these numbers over the next few days. Still, the same-night Nielsen ratings continue to be notably low during a “sweeps” month in which the Big Four broadcast networks are offering new series episodes night after night.

CBS’ Thursday night leadoff hitter, The Big Bang Theory, as usual led all programming with 356,284 viewers. It also drew the most advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds 112,249). Last year’s mid-February episode of Big Bang had 410,779 total viewers -- and that was against the opening half-hour of Fox’s American Idol.

ABC’s resident evergreen, Grey’s Anatomy, won from 7:30 to 8 p.m. in both ratings measurements. But its full-hour hauls were just 167,235 total viewers and 64,142 in the 18-to-49 realm.

CBS’ 8 p.m. episode of Mom won its half-hour in total viewers before the second half-hour of ABC’s Scandal tied CBS’ Life In Pieces from 8:30 to 9 p.m. Scandal ran first throughout the hour among 18-to-49-year-olds.

NBC’s Blacklist closed out prime-time with 9 p.m. wins in both ratings measurements. Again the numbers were hardly imposing -- 138,151 total viewers and 51,314 in the 18-to-49 age range. NBC’s superhero sitcom, Powerless, was the least-watched prime-time attraction across the board. So Powerless is a fitting title.

Here are Thursday’s local news derby results for the 11th weekday of the February sweeps.

TEGNA8 stayed solid at 10 p.m. with a win in total viewers while NBC5 again was No. 1 with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. competitions and also ran first with 25-to-54-year-olds at both 5 and 6 p.m. NBC5 and TEGNA8 tied for the most total viewers at 6 p.m. and the Peacock won outright in that measurement at 5 p.m.

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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., Feb. 15) -- Doubt premiere leaves doubts

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
The new CBS legal drama Doubt at best left a hung jury in Wednesday’s D-FW Nielsens.

Starring Katherine Heigl as a defense attorney whose showcase client is also her lover, Doubt opened at 9 p.m. with 123,609 viewers and 25,657 in the advertiser-craved 18-to-49-year-old demographic.

That was good enough to outdraw ABC’s competing Match Game (just about anything is), but otherwise bad enough for third place at 9 p.m. among the Big Four broadcast networks. NBC’s Chicago Fire led at that hour in total viewers with a hardly imposing 159,964 while Fox4’s local newscast was more comfortably on top with 18-to-49-year-olds (51,314).

The Fox network’s Lethal Weapon ranked as the top overall prime-time attraction in both total viewers (269,031) and 18-to-49-year-olds (83,385).

Here are Wednesday’s local news derby results at the halfway point of the 20-weekday February “sweeps.”

TEGNA8’s 10 p.m. newscast continued to impressively rebound from skimpy ABC lead-ins, at least in total viewers. It won in that measurement but slipped to a fairly distant third behind frontrunner NBC5 and runner-up Fox4 among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 ran the table at 6 a.m. and TEGNA8 placed first in total viewers at 5 and 6 p.m. The 25-to-54 wins went to NBC5 at 5 p.m. and Fox4 at 6 p.m.

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