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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot ((Thurs., Nov. 20) -- Big Bang and then boom times for ABC

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
The so-called “winter finales” of ABC’s three Shonda Rhimes-produced melodramas provided a big night for the network after CBS’ The Big Bang Theory as usual opened Thursday with a runaway win.

Big Bang drew 418,440 D-FW viewers while also dominating its time slot among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds with a haul of 138,767.

CBS’ following Mom also won from 7:30 to 8 p.m. in total viewers (265,012), holding off the second half of ABC’s competing Grey’s Anatomy (230,142).

Otherwise it was all ABC, with Grey’s beating Mom in the 18-to-49 demographic before the network’s 8 to 10 p.m. combo of Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder thumped everything in sight in both ratings measurements.

Scandal had 271,986 total viewers, with 94,614 in the 18-to-49 realm. How to Get Away with Murder improved on each count with respective totals of 278,960 and 107,229 viewers.

Thursday’s worst broadcast network performers in both ratings measurements were NBC’s A to Z and Bad Judge, both of which are loitering in prime-time after being canceled. The two sitcoms ran fifth among 18-to-49-year-olds from 8 to 9 p.m., trailing ABC, CBS, Fox and The CW’s Reign.

Over on cable’s NFL Network, the previously winless Oakland Raiders’ upset of the Kansas City Chiefs averaged 153,428 total viewers, with 66,230 in the 18-to-49 age range.

Here are the local news derby results for the 16th weekday of the 20-weekday November “sweeps” rating period.

Gannett8 solidified its hold on the 10 p.m. race with decisive wins in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 likewise maintained a firm grip at 6 a.m. with another doubleheader win. The 5 p.m. golds both went to NBC5 while the 6 p.m. spoils were split between CBS11 in total viewers and Fox4 in the 25-to-54 measurement.

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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., Nov. 19) -- Survivor and crime take the golds

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
’Tis the season for Thanksgiving-themed sitcom specials. But Survivor and crime instead prevailed over ABC’s quartet in Wednesday’s prime-time Nielsens.

CBS started strong with Survivor, which won the 7 p.m. hour with 265,012 D-FW viewers and 85,153 in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old demographic.

The network’s Criminal Minds held serve at 8 p.m. with 298,936 total viewers and 107,229 in the 18-to-49 age range.

NBC’s Chicago P.D. then took over. It topped the 9 p.m. hour in both ratings measurements with respective totals of 223,168 and 78,845 viewers.

ABC’s holiday feast of The Middle, The Goldbergs, Modern Family and black-ish came up something of a turkey. All four comedies ran third in total viewers, with The Middle and The Goldbergs also taking the bronzes among 18-to-49-year-olds. Modern Family and black-ish moved up a notch to second place in this key demographic.

Also of note: Wednesday’s biggest draw in total viewers wasn’t anything in prime-time. It was CBS11’s 6:30 p.m. edition of Wheel of Fortune, which rolled to 313,830 viewers. Wheel also beat the three competing rag mags among 18-to-49-year-olds, but Criminal Minds was Wednesday’s top draw in that realm.

Here are the local news derby results for the 15th weekday of the 20-weekday November “sweeps” ratings period.

NBC5 came up big at 10 p.m. with first place finishes in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 notched another pair of wins at 6 a.m. while Gannett8 ran the table at 6 p.m. The 5 p.m. golds went to NBC5 in total viewers and Gannett8 with 25-to-54-year-olds.

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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., Nov. 18) -- CBS again doubles its pleasure with one-two NCIS punch

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
CBS’ NCIS and its New Orleans running mate again racked up Tuesday’s biggest D-FW viewer totals.

NCIS led off with 474,232 viewers to easily outdraw NBC’s runner-up The Voice (278,960) in the 7 p.m. hour. NCIS: New Orleans barely missed a beat with 460,284 viewers at 8 p.m.

CBS’ slumping Person of Interest then broke up the party, dipping to 202,246 viewers in losing to NBC’s competing Chicago Fire (216,194 viewers).

NCIS also won its time slot among advertiser-prized18-to-49-year-olds before Fox’s New Girl entered the winner’s circle from 8 to 8:30 p.m. The second half of NCIS: New Orleans then thumped Fox’s The Mindy Project. But Person of Interest fell to third behind the frontrunning Chicago Fire and Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast.

The CW’s biggest demographic hit of the season, The Flash, ran an impressive third with 18-to-49-year-olds, beating both Fox’s Masterchef Junior and ABC’s Shark Tank repeat. It also came close to outdrawing The Voice in the 7 p.m. face-offs.

Here are Tuesday’s local news derby results on the 14th weekday of the 20-weekday November “sweeps” ratings period.

CBS11 had its best day in quite a while, tying Gannett8 for the most total viewers at 10 p.m. and winning outright among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

CBS11 also swept the 5 p.m. competitions and had the most total viewers at 6 p.m.

Fox4 ran the table at 6 a.m. while Gannett8 was No. 1 with 25-to-54-year-olds at 6 p.m.

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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon., Nov. 17) -- solid sampling for State of Affairs

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
The last new broadcast network series of the fall season fared fairly well Monday night.

Premiering in place of The Blacklist, NBC’s State of Affairs ran a close second in total D-FW viewers at 9 p.m. while winning by a small margin among advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds.

Affairs, starring Katherine Heigl as a traumatized CIA presidential briefer, drew 230,142 total viewers in finishing a close second to CBS’ competing NCIS: Los Angeles (237,116 viewers). ABC’s Castle was right behind both of them with 223,168 viewers.

Among 18-to-49-year-olds, State of Affairs ran first in its time slot with 66,230 viewers, edging Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast (63,076) while NCIS: L.A. fell from first to fourth (34,692).

There’s an asterisk, though. ESPN’s Monday Night Football matchup, Pittsburgh vs. Tennesse, outdrew all of the Big Four broadcast network offerings in the key 18-to-49 demographic while also winning in total viewers from 8 p.m. to its 10:17 p.m. conclusion. The first half of NBC’s The Voice won from 7 to 8 p.m. in total viewers.

ABC’s latest two hours of Dancing with the Stars continued to run north of Forest Lawn among 18-to-49-year-olds, drawing just 34,692 from 7 to 9 p.m. before Castle upticked to 56,768. DWTS lost to everything except CBS’ 7:30 p.m. episode of The Millers, which now is officially canceled.

Fox’s lone fall season bright spot, Gotham, ran second among 18-to-49-year-olds in the Big Four broadcast network universe. Its 72,537 viewers in the 7 p.m. hour more than doubled the DWTS total.

The CW’s Jane the Virgin finished on the heels of DWTS from 8 to 9 p.m. with 34,692 viewers in the 18-to-49 realm. DWTS’ total of 18-to-49-year-olds rose a bit to 40,999 in that hour.

The Dallas Mavericks’ road rout of the Charlette Hornets on Fox Sports Southwest averaged 48,818 total viewers with 18,923 in the 18-to-49 demographic.

Here are Monday’s local news derby results on the 13th weekday of the 20-weekday November “sweeps” ratings period.

NBC5 had the most total viewers at 10 p.m. while Fox4 led with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 notched another doubleheader win at 6 a.m. and CBS11 swept the 6 p.m. competitions.

NBC5 won in total viewers at 5 p.m. and tied Gannett8 for the top spot with 25-to-54-year-olds in a very close four-way battle.

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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs.-Sun., Nov. 13-16) -- truncated Packers' trashing of Eagles leads pro football parade

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
Fox had seen enough after Green Bay Packers’ defender Julius Peppers picked off another errant Mark Sanchez pass and returned it for a TD to put the Philadelphia Eagles on the short end of a 39-6 demolition derby that eventually ended 53-20.

So in D-FW and other TV markets, the network bailed at 5:32 p.m. to a “more competitive” but largely colorless game between the Arizona Cardinals and Detroit Lions. That didn’t stop the short-sheeted Packers-Eagles game from easily being Sunday’s top pro football attraction. While still breathing in D-FW, it averaged 760,166 viewers.

NBC’s Sunday Night Football, a marquee quarterback matchup between Tom Brady’s Patriots and Andrew Luck’s Colts, finished a distant second with an average of 495,154 viewers. But it still dominated the prime-time landscape, with CBS’ regular drama lineup of Madam Secretary, The Good Wife and CSI running second from 7 to 10 p.m.

Saturday’s college football parade was paced by the big-time matchup between Alabama and Mississippi State. Ending at 6:13 p.m on CBS, the game drew 230,142 viewers. Over on the less visible Fox Sports 1 network, TCU’s narrow escape at Kansas competed mostly against Bama-Miss. State. It averaged 118,558 viewers to run fourth for the day behind ABC’s prime-time Florida State-Miami face-off (209,220 viewers) and Fox’s after-dark telecast of Texas’ win over Oklahoma State (195, 272 viewers).

Friday’s top prime-time achiever, ABC’s Shark Tank, had 237,116 viewers in the 8 p.m. hour. It also triumphed among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, making Friday’s biggest haul with 69,384.

CBS bombed big-time by preempting its potent Friday night lineup of The Amazing Race, Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods with the Hollywood Film Awards and a one-hour “after party.” The two-hour awards show drew just 67,940 total viewers before its followup hour dipped to 41,844 viewers. The 18-to-49 Nielsens were even worse, with CBS running a very distant fourth all night in this key demographic before CBS11’s 10 p.m. newscast registered “hashmarks” (no measurable audience).

On Thursday night, CBS won the first hour of prime-time in total viewers with The Big Bang Theory (488,180) and Mom (271,986) before ABC mopped up with No. 1 finishes for Scandal (306,856) and How to Get Away with Murder (258,038).

Big Bang also won its 7 to 7:30 p.m. slot with 18-to-49-year-olds before the second half of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder took charge from 7:30 to 10 p.m.

The Thursday night football game on NFL Network -- Dolphins vs. Bills -- averaged 209,220 total viewers.

Here are the Thursday and Friday local news derby results for Days 11-12 of the 20-weekday November “sweeps” ratings period.

Thursday -- Gannett8 continued to cruise at 10 p.m. with wins in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 and NBC5 tied for the most total viewers at 6 a.m., but Fox4 was alone on top with 25-to-54-year-olds.

The Peacock ran the table at 5 p.m. while Gannett8 did likewise at 6 p.m.

Friday -- Gannett8 had the most total viewers at 10 p.m. while Fox4 won among 25-to-54-year-olds.

Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. competitions and Gannett8 ran first at 5 and 6 p.m. with 25-to-54-year-olds. The total viewer golds at 5 and 6 p.m. respectively went to NBC5 and CBS11.

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