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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs., Aug. 16) -- Big Bro bounces back

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
Out of harm’s way -- namely Wednesday night’s competing America’s Got Talent with its first live results show of the season -- CBS’ Big Brother returned to dominance Thursday.

BB easily led all prime-time TV attractions in both total D-FW viewers (213,663) and with advertiser-craved 18-to-49-year-olds (112,342). Which means that more than half the show’s audience was in the “desired” 18-to-49-year-old motherlode. No other CBS show, including new episodes of The Big Bang Theory, can match that.

ABC plugged in a one-hour Aretha Franklin tribute at 7 p.m. It drew 56,977 total viewers, with 15,603 in the 18-to-49 realm. The “Queen of Soul” died Thursday at the age of 76.

Here are Thursday’s local news derby results.

NBC5 and TEGNA8 tied for the most total viewers at 10 p.m., but TEGNA8 was alone in first among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 as usual/always swept the 6 a.m. competitions. At 6 p.m., TEGNA8 had the most total viewers while tying Fox4 and NBC5 for the lead with 25-to-54-year-olds.

The 5 p.m. golds went to NBC5 in total viewers and Fox4 in the 25-to-54 demographic.

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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues.-Wed., Aug. 14-15) -- AGT & BB punch/counterpunch

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
NBC’s America’s Got Talent went to the first live results show of its latest season Wednesday night, and it showed in direct competition with the usual 7 p.m. winner, CBS’ Big Brother.

AGT pulled in 348,983 D-FW viewers in crunching BB’s runner-up 220,785. But Big Brother fought back among advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds, drawing 106,100 in pounding America’s Got Talent down into second place with 71,738.

NBC then won the 8 to 9 p.m. hour in total viewers with the first half of World of Dance (142,442) before narrowly losing from 9 to 10 p.m. to Fox4’s local newscast (149,564). The hour-to-hour results were the same among 18-to-49-year-olds.

In Tuesday’s prime-time proceedings, AGT easily ranked as the night’s biggest scorer in both total viewers (341,861) and with 18-to-49ers (71,774).

Here are the local news derby results for Tuesday and Wednesday.

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

TEGNA8 drew the most total viewers at 6 p.m. while NBC5 took the top spot with 25-to-54-year-olds. At 5 p.m., Fox4 and the Peacock tied for the lead in total viewers, with Fox4 along in first among 25-to-54-year-olds.

Wednesday -- NBC5 had the most total viewers at 10 p.m., and Fox4 again won with 25-to-54-year-olds.

Fox4 remained impregnable at 6 a.m. with another sweep. NBC5 and TEGNA8 tied for the most total viewers at 6 p.m. while the Peacock had the 25-to-54 gold to itself.

CBS11 broke through for a 5 p.m. win with 25-to-54-year-olds, with NBC5 drawing the most total viewers.

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Passed over once, Laurie Passman perseveres and gets the prize as CBS11's news director

Laurie Passman
By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
It’s been an up and down ride for Laurie Passman, who on Thursday was named D-FW-based CBS11’s vice president and news director after being bypassed for that position in January 2017.

President and general manager Gary Schneider praised Passman as “a seasoned professional who has demonstrated excellent news judgment and management skills.”

Passman had been acting news director for five months after CBS11 parted ways with Mike Garber in August 2016. But the station eventually went outside to hire Andrea Parquet-Taylor as news director. She arrived in February of last year from WNCN-TV in Raleigh-Durham, NC, where she’d been news director since 2011.

Passman returned to her assistant news director post at CBS11. But in July of this year, Parquet-Taylor was promoted to vice president and station manager of CBS11 and its sister station, TXA21. Passman again became interim news director, and now finally has the job on a permanent basis.

In a statement Thursday, Passman thanked Schneider and Parquet-Taylor for “believing in me and allowing me the opportunity to lead this talented team of news professionals. This newsroom has done an amazing job of putting our community first, and I look forward to continuing that mission.”

Before joining CBS11, Passman had been assistant news director at KTVK-TV in Phoenix.

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Shipp trying to get his game on again with new website aimed at righting perceived wrongs

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Ex-TEGNA8 investigator Brett Shipp as pictured on his new website.

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
Former TEGNA8 investigative reporter Brett Shipp is hoping to reinvent his wheelhouse after leaving the Dallas-based station late last year to run unsuccessfully for Congress.

On his new website, brettshippmedia.com, Shipp positions himself as a much-lauded avenging angel who can put his experience and contacts to work for aggrieved citizens seeking “justice, equity, publicity and in some cases, sweet revenge.”

“MY JOB IS TO INVESTIGATE, ADVOCATE, AND HELP COMMUNICATE YOUR STORY; NOT IN THE COURT OF LAW, BUT IN THE COURT OF PUBLIC OPINION,” Shipp says in bold capital letters on his site’s home page. He’s charging a $250 “consultation fee” for starters in order to “assure my quick attention and dedication to your needs.”

Shipp surprised many of his TEGNA8 colleagues and fellow local journalists by abruptly quitting the station in December to enter the Democratic primary in the 32nd congressional district, where Republican Pete Sessions is the incumbent. He was 59 at the time and had spent 22 years at TEGNA8, where Shipp and colleague Byron Harris (who retired in October 2015) won multiple prestigious national Peabody and duPont Columbia awards.

But in the March 6, 2018 primary, Shipp placed third and failed to make the Democratic runoff, which eventually was won by Colin Allred. He makes scant mention of his failed candidacy on brettshippmedia.com, noting a “brief run for Congress” before “I immediately began fielding requests from citizens to get back into the media world.”

Shipp claims to “have access to all of the major local and national news outlets and a network of influential allies to make sure that your voice is heard. I’ve been covering news in North Texas for 25 years and have keys to the halls of power.” He also notes the numerous latter day venues beyond local newscasts, radio stations or newspapers, including “Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube -- the list goes on and on. There’s a new universe of media platforms starved for content.”

Never shy about touting his accomplishments, Shipp tells prospective clients that “to this day I remain one of the most highly decorated local television reporters in the country.” He also has sometimes taunted the subjects of his investigations. In 2010, Shipp’s probe into Southlake Carroll’s high-powered football program included his grandstanding promo in a Facebook post that was deleted after unclebarky.com called attention to it.

“Tonight at Ten on News 8: Forget the QB,” Shipp had bragged. “Southlake’s coaches are in hot water. What’s more, see what happens when they invite Number 1 ranked Trinity into the hot tub with them. Sniff, sniff!!!! Is that the smell of two cooked seasons?”

“I have been accused of being an advocate and not a reporter,” Shipp says on his new website. “My response? Damn right. In fact, engrave that on my tombstone, With the decline in investigative reporting in this country, there are fewer public advocates. That’s where I come in. Who better to have on your side when you’re under attack, in a fight or feel the deck is stacked against you?”

Shipp is by no means the only D-FW television journalist to fire up his own company in hopes of generating stories for consumption by various media outlets. David Margulies (TEGNA8), Susan Risdon (NBC5), Jeff Crilley (Fox4), Mike Androvett (NBC5) and Paul Adrian (Fox4) are among the many who are in business for themselves. Former TEGNA8 anchor-reporter Jeff Brady tried for a while to go the same route but eventually gave up and joined San Antonio’s KENS-TV as a weeknight news anchor.

Videos of five investigations from his time at TEGNA8 are posted on brettshippmedia.com, in addition to one by former colleague Rebeca Lopez.

“I have made more alliances and helped more people achieve justice than perhaps any reporter in this city,” Shipp says. “Of course, I have also probably made more enemies, too. I have never been afraid to step on the toes of powerful politicians and abusive corporations.”

His most notable enemy is Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price, with whom Shipp has had both verbal and physical altercations over the years. When Shipp announced his congressional candidacy, Price said he had “an ice cube’s chance in hell” of winning.”

Shipp at times also doesn’t like his own toes being stepped on. He has not talked to your friendly content provider since October of 2016, when he strongly objected to being accurately quoted while moderating a Dallas VideoFest event titled “How the News Got Made.” Neither of Shipp’s two remarks about TEGNA8 were played prominently in the story. One of them concerned sports anchor Dale Hansen’s contributions to the Southern Methodist University “death penalty” investigation in 1987 and the other was on how he’d “get fired” by TEGNA8 if he disclosed his opinion on the quality of today’s television news.

In an email sent two days after the story was posted, Shipp said, “You take a couple of throw away laugh lines at a happy film festival and maliciously sow enmity between me and my colleagues. You are a said, sick man. I truly feel sorry for you.”

He refused to engage further on the matter, but promises to be his usual pit bull self in the interests of any clients that brettshippmedia obtains.

“No, not everybody likes me,” Shipp says. “The crooks, the con-men, the people who abuse power. They run from me.”

He’d like to keep it that way.

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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon., Aug. 13) -- big night for Fox4's news

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast carried the day and the night Monday, ranking as D-FW’s most-watched TV attraction in two major ratings food groups.

It drew the most total viewers (163,808) while also ranking tops with advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds (46,809 viewers).

In the preceding 7 to 9 p.m. slot, NBC’s American Ninja Warrior won in total viewers with 128,198, and ABC’s competing Bachelor in Paradise had the upper hand with 18-to-49ers (43,688).

CBS’ 8 p.m. episode of Salvation bottomed out with 71,221 total viewers and 9,362 in the 18-to-49 realm to rank last in that hour among the Big Four broadcast networks.

Here are Monday’s four-way local news derby results.

Fox4 won at both 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. in total viewers and with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming). The 6 to 9 a.m. portion of its Good Day outdrew the combined audience for local and network programming on rivals NBC5, TEGNA8 and CBS11. In the 6 a.m. hour, CBS11’s local offering continued its late summer mini-resurgence with a runner-up finish among 25-to-54-year-olds.

CBS11 also ran the table at 6 p.m. and drew the most 25-to-54-year-olds at 5 p.m. NBC5 won in total viewers at 5 p.m.

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