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NBC5's Bobbie Wygant finally gets it all down on paper


Bobbie Wygant at the 2007 Lone Star Emmys event. Photo: Ed Bark

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Entertainment reporter Bobbie Wygant arrived at the then WBAP-TV (Ch. 5) before they turned the lights on.

It was 1948, and now she’s finally looking back via her new book, Talking to the Stars, which weighs in at 286 pages and over 500 photos.

Would you like a copy? Bobbie will be signing them this weekend.

On Saturday, Dec. 15th, she’ll be at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore located at the Shops at North East Mall, 861 North East Mall Blvd. in Hurst (76053). Her appearance is from 1 to 3 p.m.

Or on Sunday, Dec. 16th, starting at 1 p.m., you can find her at Barnes & Noble’s 3060 Mockingbird Lane store in Dallas (75205).

I’ve interviewed Bobbie on several occasions over the years. Here’s a link to a March 8, 1981 piece -- “Ch. 5’s Bobbie Wygant kept seeing stars and knew what to do with them” -- in which she talks about her highs and lows with various celebs, and those very early days at Ch. 5 (now branded as NBC5).

Bobbie remains a part-time contributor to the station. Anchor Clarice Tinsley recently celebrated her 40th anniversary at Fox4, but Bobbie is now in year 70 at the only TV station she’s ever called home.

Congratulations, Bobbie, on another milestone achievement. And best of luck with those book sales.

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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., Dec. 11) -- another crime blotter bonanza for CBS

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CBS’ again made crime pay Tuesday with a sweep of D-FW’s prime-time ratings.

NCIS as usual led the way with 281,172 total viewers, followed by FBI (253,055) and NCIS: New Orleans (203,850).

NBC had decent returns from The Voice (182,762 viewers) and an 8 p.m. Christmas special starring that show’s Season 12 winner, 14-year-old ventriloquist Darci Lynne (140,586). Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast then nearly beat the competing NCIS: NO with a haul of 182,762 viewers.

Among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, ABC’s 7 p.m. episode of The Conners easily scored highest with 48,307 viewers while Darci Lynne plummeted to a prime-time low of 9,058 viewers. Guess the “kids” aren’t into dummies.

Here are Tuesday’s local news derby results.

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

Fox4 again swept the 6 a.m. competitions and added twin wins at 5 p.m.

Fox4, NBC5 and TEGNA8 ended up in a three-way tie at 6 p.m. in total viewers; Fox4 and TEGNA8 shared the lead among 25-to-54-year-olds.

Also of note: the recently added 9 a.m. hour of Fox4’s Good Day continued to make life miserable for the time slot’s other local production, TEGNA8’s Good Morning Texas.

Among 25-to-54-year-olds Tuesday, Good Day amassed 65,861 viewers from 9 to 10 a.m. while GMT barely registered with 6,038 in also running behind CBS’ double dose of Let’s Make a Deal (11,154) and NBC’s third hour of Today (17,181).

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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon., Dec. 10) -- NFL remains in charge

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The Seattle Seahawks in their day-glo uniforms weren’t a particularly pretty sight. Nor was the game itself, in which both starting quarterbacks stunk during Seattle’s 21-7 thrashing of the visiting Minnesota Vikings.

No matter, though. ESPN’s Monday Night Football continued to set the prime-time pace, averaging 295,231 D-FW viewers and 105,672 within the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old age range.

CBS’ 9 p.m. episode of Bull ranked as the runner-up attraction in total viewers with 231,967 while the network’s 7 p.m. entry, The Neighborhood, ran second among 18-to-49ers (51,326).

Over on Fox Sports Southwest, the surging Dallas Mavericks’ latest home win averaged 42,176 total viewers and 24,154 within the 18-to-49 motherlode.

Here are Monday’s local news derby results,

CBS11 rolled up twin wins at 10 p.m., running first in both total viewers and with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 swept both the 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. competitions while adding a 6 p.m. win among 25-to-54-year-olds. NBC5 drew the most total viewers at 6 p.m.

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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon.-Sun., Dec. 3-9) -- Cowboys still zooming on up

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Last year at this time, the downtrodden Dallas Cowboys hit a season low when a 30-10 win over the New York Giants drew the smallest crowd of the 2017 regular season.

But Sunday’s Game 13, in which Dallas established a seeming iron grip on the NFC East division lead, had a solid case of ratings happy pants. Fox’s mid-afternoon to early evening national game, a 29-23 overtime win over the Philadelphia Eagles, averaged 1,349,626 D-FW viewers and 443,822 within the advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-old age range. That compares to just 904,507 total viewers for last year’s Game 13, with 321,422 in the 18-to-49 realm for a noon starter on Fox.

The Cowboys’ Thanksgiving Day home win against the Washington Redskins is still this season’s high point, with 1,651,886 total viewers.

NBC’s Sunday Night Football matchup, in which the Chicago Bears shackled the usually high-scoring Los Angeles Rams, ranked second for the day with 506,110 total viewers.

On Saturday, CBS’ Army-Navy game led all TV attractions with 217,908 total viewers. Army won 17-10, its third straight victory after losing 14 straight years to the Midshipmen.

Friday’s prime-time pacesetter in total viewers as usual was CBS’ Blue Bloods, with 231,967 viewers in the 9 p.m. hour. Fox’s 7:30 p.m. episode of The Cool Kids reigned among 18-to-49ers with 39,250.

OK, let’s just fast-forward to a catchup round for the Monday through Friday local news derby results. (Personal note: your friendly content provider is newly returned from Tulum, Mexico, where son Sam and his fiancee Chere were married Saturday in a magnificent beachside ceremony.)

Monday -- TEGNA8 won at 10 p.m. in total viewers while Fox4 led among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. competitions and also won with 25-to-year-olds at 5 p.m. NBC5 had the most total viewers at 5 p.m.

Tuesday -- CBS11 drew the most total viewers at 10 p.m. and Fox4 again was tops with 25-to-54-year-olds.

Fox4 also swept the 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. races. CBS11 ranked No. 1 in total viewers at 6 p.m. while Fox4 and NBC5 shared the 25-to-54 lead.

Wednesday -- Fox4 came within a hair of a very rare double grand slam, sweeping the 10 p.m., 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. competitions while adding a 6 p.m. win with 25-to-54-year-olds. But TEGNA8 narrowly won in total viewers at 6 p.m., with Fox4 second.

Thursday -- TEGNA8 won a down-sized three way race in total viewers while NBC5 took the top spot with 25-to-54-year-olds. Fox4 was otherwise occupied with its network’s dismal Tennessee Titans-Jacksonville Jaguars game.

Fox4 as usual/always had twin wins at 6 a.m. CBS11 drew the most total viewers at 6 p.m. while the Peacock and TEGNA8 shared the 25-to-54 spoils. At 5 p.m., NBC5 won in total viewers and tied Fox4 for first place with 25-to-54-year-olds.

Friday -- Fox4 had another big day, winning across the board among 25-to-54-year-olds and also ranking first in total viewers at both 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. TEGNA8 broke the spell by drawing the most total viewers at 6 p.m. while NBC5 ran first in that measurement at 5 p.m.

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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Sun., Nov. 30-Dec. 2) -- Pats-Vikes top Sunday NFL menu

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Absent a Dallas Cowboys game, Sunday’s NFL ratings battle boiled down to Fox’s featured mid-afternoon “national” game vs. NBC’s Sunday Night Football matchup.

Fox won, with the New England Patriots-Minnesota Vikings delivering 506,110 D-FW viewers while the Peacock’s Los Angeles Chargers-Pittsburgh Steelers game ran a competitive second with 442,846.

CBS’ two-hour Garth Brooks special also made some noise in the 7 to 9 p.m. slot, drawing 203,850 viewers to rank as Sunday’s top non-football draw.

Among advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds, Pats-Vikings also was the top TV attraction with 181,152 viewers; Chargers-Steelers had 163,037. Brooks barely registered in this key demographic, falling to 27,173 viewers. ABC’s 9 p.m. Victoria’s Special in contrast had 57,365 viewers in the 18-to-49 realm, more than half of the show’s 105,288 total viewers. The “kids” know what they like.

On Saturday, an 11 a.m. start for the Oklahoma-Texas Big 12 conference championship showdown couldn’t stop the Sooners and Longhorns from piling up the day’s biggest audience with 456,905 total viewers on ABC. CBS’ following Georgia-Alabama SEC championship game pulled in second with 351,465 viewers.

Fox’s Big Ten championship encounter between Ohio State and Northwestern ruled the prime-time Nielsens with 203,850 viewers.

Friday’s prime-time ratings were paced by CBS’ 9 p.m episode of Blue Bloods in total viewers (231,967) and Fox’s Washington-Utah Pac-12 championship game in the 18-to-49 age range (36,230 viewers).

Here are Friday’s local news derby results.

CBS11 swept the 10 p.m. competitions in total viewers and with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 ran the table at both 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. while NBC5 scored twin wins at 6 p.m.

LOCAL TV NEWS NOTE -- Fox4 will mark anchor Clarice Tinsley’s 40th anniversary at the station with a half-hour special scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 4th at 6:30 p.m.

Tinsley arrived in D-FW from a Milwaukee television station and has no plans to retire anytime soon. It’s not out of the question that she’ll someday celebrate a half-century at Fox4. She continues to anchor, most notably as a solo on Fox4’s 10 p.m. news, while also contributing social media segments on the station’s 9 p.m. newscasts.

Congratulations to Clarice, the only local news anchor who pre-dates your friendly content provider’s 1980 debut as TV critic for The Dallas Morning News. Only NBC5 entertainment reporter Bobbie Wygant has been on the air longer in this market. But she’s been a part-time contributor for many years while Tinsley remains a full-time presence.

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