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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon., Dec. 11) -- NBC, MNF lead way

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
NBC again had Monday’s most-watched program with The Voice before getting decent mileage from the Season 2 premiere of Better Late Than Never.

The Voice drew 299,128 D-FW viewers to win its 7 to 9 p.m. slot before the infantile international misadventures of William Shatner, Henry Winkler, George Foreman and Terry Bradshaw took the 9 p.m. hour in the Big Four broadcast network universe with 185,190 viewers.

ESPN’s Monday Night Football, an upset 27-20 win by the Miami Dolphins over the New England Patriots, averaged 256,417 viewers for the entire game while beating everything in sight throughout the night among advertiser-craved 18-to-49-year-olds (an average of 96,739).

ABC’s 9 p.m. offering, The Bachelor: Countdown to Arie (Arie Luyendyk Jr.) counted for little with a fifth place showing in its time slot. It lured just 64,104 total viewers and 21,844 in the 18-to-49 realm.

And now here are Monday’s local news derby results.

TEGNA8 recovered nicely from the dinky Bachelor lead-in to win at 10 p.m. in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 again swept the 6 a.m. competitions and NBC5 enjoyed the early evening with twin wins at 5 and 6 p.m.

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TEGNA8 adds Buffalo's Jonah Javad to sports staff

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By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
Dallas-based TEGNA8 is adding Jonah Javad to its sports staff as a reporter and fill-in anchor, sources confirm.

He’s been with Buffalo’s NBC affiliate, WGRZ-TV, since August 2012, where he’s anchored on weekends and reported on weekdays. WGRZ also is owned by TEGNA.

Javad previously worked at KOMU-TV in Columbia, MO and is a graduate of the University of Missouri. He fills a vacancy left by Ted Madden after he resigned from TEGNA8 in November of last year.

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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Sun., Dec. 8-10) -- Cowboys are Giant killers in New York, but smallish on home screens

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
The Dallas Cowboys kept their slim post-season hopes alive Sunday with a late surge and 30-10 win over the plodding New York Giants.

But the D-FW Nielsen ratings fumbled again, with the Cowboys drawing a season-low 904,507 viewers for the noon starter on Fox. Just 321,422 were in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old age range, which is another lowest of the low.

Fox’s followup game, the marquee Philadelphia Eagles-Los Angeles matchup, averaged 655,233 total viewers, with 227,804 in the 18-to-49 realm. NBC’s Sunday Night Football attraction, the Pittsburgh Steelers vs the Baltimore Ravens, pulled in 363,227 total viewers and 134,186 in the 18-to-49 demographic.

Saturday afternoon’s snowy Army-Navy game led all of that day’s TV attractions with 178,053 total viewers.

On Friday, CBS’ Blue Bloods drew the biggest crowd of total viewers (235,029) while the network’s Hawaii Five-0 was tops with 18-to-49-year-olds (37,447).

Here are Friday’s local news derby results.

NBC5 ran first at 10 p.m. in total viewers and beat Fox4 by a sliver among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 remained dominant at 6 a.m. with twin wins and also drew the most 25-to-54-year-olds at 5 and 6 p.m. NBC5 won both of the early evening competitions in total viewers.

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Reporter Joel Thomas ends long tenure at CBS11

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By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
Veteran reporter Joel Thomas has ended a 14-year career at D-FW’s CBS11 and returned to Georgetown, TX for personal reasons.

“Some of my coworkers are like family to me,” he said in a Facebook post. “But there is only one family I’m born into and it is time for me to head back to Georgetown to take care of my real family. I love and will miss many of you, but as someone said before I carried my boxes of journalistic junk away from my desk, ‘We will always be part of the TV family, too.’ “

Thomas joined CBS11 in November 2003 after three years with Atlanta’s WXIA-TV. He is a graduate of the Texas State University journalism school.

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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues.-Thurs., Dec. 5-7) -- CBS gets last laughs with comedy combo

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
CBS continued to light up Thursday’s prime-time ratings with its longstanding The Big Bang Theory and the new Young Sheldon followup act.

Big Bang led all TV attractions with 455,814 D-FW viewers before its first-year spinoff won the 7:30 p.m. slot with 341,861. Big Bang also ranked as Thursday’s top draw among advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds with 140,427 before Sheldon lost its half-hour to NBC’s Thursday Night Football matchup between the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints.

TNF overall averaged 320,495 total viewers on NBC and another 56,977 for the NFL Net simulcast.

In the Big Four broadcast network universe, CBS’ S.W.A.T. reboot took the 9 p.m. hour in both ratings measurements.

Wednesday’s prime-time parade was paced by CBS’ Survivor in both total viewers (213,663) and 18-to-49-year-olds (68,653). And on Tuesday night, CBS’ NCIS rerun topped all TV attractions in total viewers with 235,029 while ABC’s The Middle took the 18-to-49 gold with 59,291.

OK, you’ve waited patiently for the local news derby results. Here they are:

Tuesday -- TEGNA8 reigned at 10 p.m. with wins in both total viewers and with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 dominated at 6 a.m. with runaway twin wins while NBC5 swept the 5 p.m. competitions. The 6 p.m. firsts went to the Peacock in total viewers and Fox4 in the 25-to-54 realm.

Wednesday -- Fox4 ran the table at both 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. while adding a 6 p.m. win with 25-to-54-year-olds. NBC5 swept the 5 p.m. races and also ran first at 6 p.m. in total viewers.

Thursday -- In a downsized 10 p.m. competition, TEGNA8 and CBS11 shared first place in total viewers but CBS11 won outright among 25-to-54-year-olds.

Fox4 coasted to another pair of 6 a.m. wins while NBC5 again ruled in both ratings measurements at 5 p.m. The Peacock also was tops in total viewers at 6 p.m. while Fox4 won with 25-to-54-year-olds.

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Award-laden investigator Brett Shipp quits TEGNA8, takes aim at Pete Sessions' congressional seat

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End of eras: Ex-TEGNA8 investigators Brett Shipp & Byron Harris. Photo: Ed Bark

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
Mr. Shipp goes to Washington?

Investigative reporter Brett Shipp has abruptly ended a 22-year career at Dallas-based TEGNA8 by announcing he’ll be running for the 32nd District congressional seat held by Republican Pete Sessions since 2003.

Shipp, 59, would first have to survive a multi-candidate Democratic primary field. TEGNA8, which broke the news of his candidacy, said that Shipp resigned Tuesday.

“We are grateful for the many contributions Brett has made to WFAA and the field of journalism,” executive news director Carolyn Mungo said in a statement.

Just a little over two years ago, Shipp and Byron Harris (who retired in October 2015 from TEGNA8) formed the most formidable and award-winning investigative reporting duo in D-FW television news history. Both were honored with multiple national Peabody and duPont Columbia awards.

In an interview with unclebarky.com tied to his retirement, Harris said he expected Shipp to remain a fixture at TEGNA8 for many years to come.

“I don’t expect his zeal to subside at all,” Harris said of Shipp. “I expect him to be allowed to continue for another decade to come, two decades, whatever.”

Shipp himself also anticipated as much, telling unclebarky.com in April 2016, “I will be rolled out of Channel 8 on a gurney -- dead or alive.”

Instead he walked out under his own power. “I absolutely have reached my threshold of tolerance for negative discourse, toxic politics and the lack of civility,” Shipp told The Dallas Morning News Wednesday. “I’ve had enough. I cannot sit back and do nothing.”

Shipp hasn’t spoken to unclebarky.com since taking offense at admittedly being accurately quoted in October 2016 while hosting a Dallas VideoFest event titled “How the News Got Made.”

Shipp has made both a name for himself -- and more than a few enemies -- during his tenure at TEGNA8. One of his antagonists, Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price, quickly weighed in Wednesday, telling The News that Shipp has “an ice cube’s chance in hell” of being elected to Congress.

“Name recognition is not always what it’s about,” Price added. “One of my opponents had name recognition. But what are you known as?”

Shipp follows in the footsteps, although not along party lines, of former NBC5 reporter Grant Stinchfield. He unsuccessfully ran as a Republican congressional candidate against incumbent Kenny Marchant after initially leaving the station to take ownership of a Kwik Kar Auto Lube and Repair business.

Shipp, who was an investigative reporter for Dallas-based KDFW-TV (now known as Fox4) before joining TEGNA8, is the son of Bert Shipp, the late, longtime TEGNA8 assignments editor.

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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon., Dec. 4) -- The Voice & MNF share spoils

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
Monday went as usual in the prime-time firmament.

NBC’s The Voice again drew the most D-FW viewers while ESPN’s Monday Night Football scored with 18-to-49-year-olds and ABC’s The Good Doctor continued to hold steady at 9 p.m.

The Voice pulled in 249,274 total viewers to comfortably win its 7 to 9 p.m. slot while the Pittsburgh Steelers-Cincinnati Bengals matchup, decided on a last second Pitt field goal, carried the night among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds with an average of 87,377.

Within the Big Four broadcast network universe, The Good Doctor otherwise took the 9 p.m. hour with 206,541 total viewers and 43,688 in the 18-to-49 realm.

Here are Monday’s local news derby results.

TEGNA8 had a prosperous day everywhere except the early morning. The station swept the 10 and 6 p.m. competitions in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming) while also tying Fox4 for the top spot at 5 p.m. in total viewers.

Fox4 won outright at 5 p.m. among 25-to-54-year-olds, with TEGNA8 second. But at 6 a.m., Fox4 again ran the table while TEGNA8 fell to fourth in both ratings measurements behind runner-up NBC5 and third-place CBS11.

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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed.-Sun., Nov. 29-Dec. 3) -- Cowboys rout Redskins but still get that sinking feeling

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
A classic rivalry game in prime-time -- and also a big, slump-breaking Dallas Cowboys win -- failed to boost the team’s ratings stock Thursday night.

Running until 10:21 p.m., the Cowboys’ 38-14 domination of the Washington Redskins drew 911,629 D-FW viewers for the NBC presentation and added another 99,709 for the NFL Net simulcast. That barely inched the game past the one million mark with a not-at-all grand-total of 1,011,338 viewers.

Last season’s Game 12, also a Thursday night matchup on NBC/NFL Net, drew a combined 1,563,286 viewers. Dallas improved its record to 11-1 with a 17-15 win at Minnesota. This year’s Cowboys are now 6-6.

The win over Washington had what amounts to a measly 305,819 viewers in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old age range for NBC’s telecast and another 37,447 on NFL Net. How bad is that? Well, the combined 343,266 viewers in this key demographic are barely more than half the 651,042 viewers that tuned in for Cowboys-Vikes.

The novelty of last season’s two breakthrough rookies -- Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott -- certainly played a role in the 2016 ratings. As did the Cowboys’ return to dominance. This time around, Elliott continues to serve a six-game suspension while the team’s playoff hopes are basically on fumes. Still a year-to-year falloff of more than half a million total viewers is cause for considerable alarm -- not only for the Cowboys but for the NFL in general.

On Sunday, the slate of NFL games was topped by Seahawks-Eagles on NBC’s Sunday Night Football. It led all TV attractions with 505,712 total viewers and 184,115 in the 18-to-49 realm. Fox’s late afternoon game, Saints vs. Panthers, ran a solid second with 484,303 total viewers and 180,995 within the 18-to-49 motherlode.

CBS got strong returns -- at least in total viewers -- for its 7 to 9 p.m. 50th anniversary special in honor of The Carol Burnett Show. It pulled in 306,250 total viewers, but just 37,447 were of the 18-to-49 persuasion. But grandmas and grandpas gathered in force, and there’s still no law against that.

Saturday’s menu of four key college conference championship games was led by Fox’s late morning/early afternoon Oklahoma-TCU matchup, which averaged 341,861 total viewers. CBS’ afternoon Georgia-Auburn game likewise performed well with 327,617 viewers while Fox’s prime-time Ohio State-Wisconsin clash had 277,762 viewers. Clemson’s nighttime rout of Miami on CBS was the only lemon, with just 106,832 viewers.

Here are the local news derby results for Wednesday through Friday.

Wednesday -- It was a day of sweeps. TEGNA8 won at 10 p.m. in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming). Fox4 did likewise at 6 a.m. and NBC5 had twin wins at both 5 and 6 p.m.

Thursday -- TEGNA8 again topped the 10 p.m. competition for total viewers but Fox4 prevailed with 25-to-54-year-olds in a downsized three-way race opposite the close of the Cowboys game on NBC.

Fox4 ran the table at 6 a.m., drew the most 25-to-54-year-olds at 6 p.m. and tied NBC5 for first in that measurement at 5 p.m. The early evening total viewer golds went to the Peacock at 5 p.m. and TEGNA8 at 6 p.m.

Friday -- CBS11 broke through for a total viewers win at 10 p.m. and beat Fox4 by a wisp for the top spot with 25-to-54-year-olds.

Fox4 enjoyed another 6 a.m. sweep while NBC5 ran the table at 5 p.m. and had the most total viewers at 6 p.m. Fox4 won among 25-to-54-year-olds at 6 p.m.

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