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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues.-Wed., March 19-20) -- Fox4's prime-time news & Survivor lead the pack

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast remains a prime-time force, and will likely be even more so when the summer reruns kick in.

On Wednesday’s official last night of winter, the newscast and CBS’ 7 to 9 p.m. edition of Survivor tied for the most D-FW viewers with 189,791 apiece. But Fox4 had the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old trophy to itself, beating all prime-time competitors with 72,461 viewers.

ABC’s new Whiskey Cavalier spy series struggled in the 9 p.m. hour, ranking last among the Big Four broadcast networks with 80,837 total viewers and just 12,077 in the 18-to-49 age range.

In Tuesday’s prime-time festivities, Fox got mediocre returns from the premiere of Mental Samurai, a Rob Lowe-hosted quiz show. Airing in the 8 p.m. hour, Samurai drew 77,322 total viewers compared to NBC’s first-place This Is Us (196,820) and CBS’ runner-up rerun of FBI (189,791). But Samurai drew slightly bigger crowds than ABC’s comedy combo of black-ish (70,293 viewers) and Splitting Up Together (63,264).

Among 18-to-49ers, Samurai perked up to a second-place finish at 8 p.m. with 27,173 viewers while This Is Us doubled up with 54,346.

NBC’s following 9 p.m. premiere of The Village had just enough juice to win at that hour among 18-to-49-year-olds (36,230), with Fox4’s news (33,211) and ABC’s The Rookie (30,192) close behind. In the total viewers measurement, Fox4’s newscast edged The Village by a score of 154,645 to 147,615.

Here are the four-way local news derby results.

Tuesday -- WFAA8 and CBS11 shared the 10 p.m. lead in total viewers, but WFAA8 had the top spot to itself among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 ran the table at 6 a.m. and WFAA8 did likewise at 6 p.m. The 5 p.m. firsts went to WFAA8 in total viewers and Fox4 with 25-to-54-year-olds.

Wednesday -- CBS11 won at 10 p.m. in total viewers while Fox4 took the 25-to-54 gold.

Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. competitions and also notched a 5 p.m. win among 25-to-54-year-olds. NBC5 otherwise commanded the early evening with twin wins at 6 p.m. and a 5 p.m. victory in total viewers.

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NBC5 adds Candace Sweat to reporting staff

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By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
After a nearly five-year stay with Raleigh, N.C.’s WRAL-TV, Candace Sweat is joining Fort Worth-based NBC5 as a general assignment reporter.

She announced her move on Twitter and NBC5 vice president of programming Brian Hocker confirmed that Sweat’s first day at the station will be April 8th.

The University of Texas at Arlington graduate praised North Carolina as “such a special place for so many reasons. WRAL tops that list. I’ll save goodbyes for later. For now, I’ll just say thank you!!” She closed her tweet with the bible verse Isaiah 43:19. It begins with, “Behold, I will do a new thing.”

Before joining WRAL in August, 2014, Sweat worked at WBMA/WCFT-TV in Birmingham, Ala.

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Absent an on-air goodbye, anchor Ron Corning is quickly out of the picture at Daybreak and WFAA8

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By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
There will be no long goodbye for Ron Corning, now the former co-anchor of WFAA8’s early morning Daybreak program.

After a nearly eight-year tenure that began in April of 2011, Corning became part of the station’s history less than a week after staffers were informed by executive news director Carolyn Mungo on Monday, March 11th that he’d be leaving at an undetermined time to “pursue some exciting new opportunities.”

That time turned out to be Friday, March 15th, and without any on-air acknowledgements. His bio since has been taken off WFAA8’s website, a surefire sign of an employee’s exit.

Corning later confirmed to a Twitter follower named Michelle that “Last Friday I wrapped up my time at Daybreak. But I will announce my next move right here soon.” He added a smiley face emoji.

The official “News 8 Daybreak” twitter feed, also in response to a viewer query, said that meteorologist Greg Fields (also off the air this week), will return Monday after vacationing. And that “Ron announced last week that he would be leaving for a new opportunity. We wish him well.”

The handling of Corning’s departure was in stark contrast to the March 1st retirement of longtime WFAA8 anchor John McCaa, who received a lengthy sendoff from the station while his successor, Chris Lawrence, was heavily promoted as his successor.

Corning, who has declined to comment further on what turned out to be a surprisingly quick exit, told unclebarky.com on March 11th that he has a number of other career possibilities outside of WFAA8 and decided to “take a leap of faith . . . because I do have other goals I want to achieve and other experiences I want to have.”

WFAA8 reporter/anchor Marie Saveedra, who joined the station in July 2013, has been co-anchoring this week with Daybreak’s incumbent Kara Sewell. In her memo to station staffers, Mungo said that Corning’s position would be posted shortly. But this doesn’t necessarily mean that WFAA8 will go “out of house” or even name a male anchor to succeed Corning.

NBC5 has been going with two women anchors on its early morning program after Marc Fein was dropped in the middle of the February “sweeps” ratings period.

Fox4’s Good Day continues to dominate the early morning ratings, particularly in the key 6 a.m. hour, as no station ever has. Its weekday winning streak in both total viewers and with 25-to-54-year-olds is nearing a year in length. Fox4 hasn’t been beaten in either ratings measurement since March 30th of last year, which was Good Friday.

Absent Corning for Monday’s March 18th edition of Daybreak, second place WFAA8 took an unusually severe beating from Fox4 in the 25-to-54-year-old demographic. In the 6 a.m. hour, Fox4 drew 98,791 viewers in the 25-to-54 age range while WFAA8 had 38,085.

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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon., March 18) -- 9-1-1 to the rescue for Fox while The Voice remains very much seen and heard

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
NBC’s latest two-hour dose of The Voice as usual led all Monday prime-timers in total D-FW viewers while 9-1-1- helped resuscitate Fox with its midseason return.

The Voice drew 246,026 viewers in pounding ABC’s competing two hours of American Idol (154,645). 9-1-1 pulled in 210,879 viewers in the 8 p.m. hour, tying Fox4’s following 9 p.m. local newscast for the runner-up spot in this measurement.

Among advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds, The Voice also ranked No. 1 with 60,384 viewers, just a smidge ahead of 9-1-1 (58,874). Fox4’s news then took the 9 p.m. hour with 55,855 viewers in this key demographic.

ABC’s 9 p.m. premiere of The Fix, created by former O.J. Simpson prosecutor Marcia Clark, had 126,527 total viewers, with 34,419 in the 18-to-49 realm. That ranked it last in its time slot among total viewers in the Big Four broadcast network universe and third with 18-to-49ers, ahead of CBS’ competing Bull.

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

NBC5 and WFAA8 tied for the most total viewers at 10 p.m. while Fox4 won with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. competitions. WFAA8 had the most total viewers at 6 p.m., with Fox4 again tops among 25-to-54-year-olds.

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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs.-Sun., March 14-17) -- NCIS: Los Angeles & Fox4's local news top Sunday prime-timers

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
ABC’s American Idol remained in the ratings margins Sunday night.

Led by the competing NCIS: Los Angeles with 246,026 D-FW viewers, CBS’ entire prime-time lineup outdrew AI. Fox4’s local 9 p.m. newscast also pulled in a few more viewers -- 168,703 to AI’s 161,674.

Among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, Fox4’s news impressively led all prime-time attractions with 46,638.

CBS’ one-hour NCAA basketball tournament selection show, shown from 5 to 6 p.m., had 91,381 total viewers and 30,192 in the 18-to-49 age range. It was beaten in that hour among total viewers by local/network newscasts on both NBC and ABC.

Friday’s prime-time high scorer in total viewers, CBS’ 9 p.m. episode of Blue Bloods, drew 196,820; ABC’s 20/20 took the gold among 18-to-49ers with 33,211.

Thursday night’s 7 to 10 p.m. golds went to Fox4’s 9 p.m. news in both total viewers (196,820) and with 18-to-49-year-olds (54,346).

Here are the four-way local news derby results for Thursday and Friday.

Thursday -- WFAA8 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 6 a.m. and added 5 and 6 p.m. wins among 25-to-54-year-olds.

NBC5 drew the most total viewers at 5 p.m. and tied WFAA8 for the top spot in that measurement at 6 p.m.

Friday -- WFAA8 won in total viewers at 10 p.m. while Fox4 ran first with 25-to-54-year-olds.

Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. races, and WFAA8 did likewise at 6 p.m.

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Reporter Macy Jenkins joins Fox4

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By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
Dallas-based Fox4 has added Macy Jenkins to its reporting staff. She’ll join the station’s Fort Worth bureau on April 1st. No joke.

Arriving from Sacramento, CA’s KOVR-TV, where she spent three years, Jenkins also has worked for TV stations in Little Rock, AK and Washington, D.C. Before switching to journalism, she was a guest relations and vacation planner at Disney World in Orlando, FL.

“I’m always ready for a new adventure,” Jenkins says in a Fox4 publicity release, “and I anticipate that this diverse and growing metropolitan area will provide a wealth of new stories to discover.”

Jenkins has a Master of Science degree from Syracuse University and a Bachelor’s degree from George Washington University.

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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., March 13) -- mixed results for Empire's return

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
Fox’s Empire and its embattled co-star, Jussie Smollett, made their mid-season returns Wednesday at audience levels far below the show’s glory seasons.

Airing in the 7 p.m. hour, Empire drew 126,527 D-FW viewers, decisively losing its time slot to CBS’ Survivor (196,820 viewers).

Empire fared better among advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds, winning at 7 p.m. with a less than imposing 54,346 viewers. That was good enough to share the overall 18-to-49 crown with ABC’s Modern Family and Fox’s Star. Smollett, who has pled not guilty to charges that he faked a hate crime in Chicago, will not appear in Empire’s closing two episodes this season.

Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast drew bigger overall crowds than either Empire or Star, pulling in 196,820 total viewers. The newscast also won the 9 p.m. hour among 18-to-49ers, but fell short of Fox’s two lead-in dramas in that key demographic.

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

CBS11 led in total viewers at 10 p.m. while Fox4 was tops with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 also swept the 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. competitions, and WFAA8 did likewise at 6 p.m.

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Reporter Alex Rozier joining WFAA8 news room from Seattle

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By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
Dallas-based WFAA8 is adding Alex Rozier to its reporting staff.

He’ll be arriving next month from Seattle’s KING-TV, where he’s been a reporter since August 2014. Rozier moved to KING from Spokane, Washington’s KHQ-TV after a three-year stint at that station. The Minnesota native is a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism.

In an unusually personal Twitter post announcing his departure from KING, Rozier thanked the “people of the Pacific Northwest,” whom he said “helped me overcome the greatest struggle of my life. After three decades hiding from my truth, you helped me walk out of a very dark and depressing closet. Thank you for showing me that ALL people are valued and accepted…..no matter who you love.”

Rozier also asked for tips on where to buy a Dallas Cowboys jersey.

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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Tues., March 8-12) -- NCIS and Fox4 news pack the heaviest prime-time punches

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
CBS’ NCIS as usual led all prime-time players in total D-FW viewers Tuesday. But with incoming storms as a hook, Fox4’s 9 p.m. newscast both won its time slot and drew the most advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds.

NCS amassed 309,289 total viewers before CBS’ FBI held onto enough of them (274,143) to win the 8 p.m. hour opposite formidable competition from NBC’s This Is Us and ABC’s second hour of drivel from the latest season finale of The Bachelor. They both drew 196,820 viewers.

Fox4’s news then took the 9 p.m. hour in both ratings measurements, with 260,084 total viewers and a Tuesday night high of 78,762 in the 18-to-49-year-old age range.

Monday’s top prime-time scorers were NBC’s 7 to 9 p.m. edition of The Voice in total viewers (267,113) and ABC’s competing The Bachelor in the 18-to-49 realm with 81,518.

Sunday’s prime-time tote board put CBS’ 60 Minutes atop the total viewers heap (196,820) while Fox’s The Simpsons and Fox4’s 9 p.m. news tied for the top spot with 18-to-49ers (48,307 each). CBS’ two-hour tribute to the late Aretha Franklin, which aired from 8 to 10 p.m., averaged 105,440 total viewers and 36,230 in the 18-to-49 motherlode.

On Friday night, CBS’ Blue Bloods ranked No. 1 in total viewers (238,996) and the network’s 7 p.m. Gayle King interview with R. Kelly won the 18-to-49 crown (36,230).

OK, let’s wind this up as usual with the weekday local news derby results.

Friday -- CBS11 won in total viewers at 10 p.m. while Fox4 finished first with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. competitions and WFAA8 did likewise at 6 p.m. The 5 p.m. golds went to NBC5 in total viewers and WFAA8 with 25-to-54-year-olds.

Monday -- Hey now, Fox4 achieved a very rare double grand slam if the 10 p.m. results in total viewers are extended to an extra decimal point rather than rounding them off per usual. In that case, the tiebreaker goes to Fox4 by a score of 153,942 total viewers to WFAA8’s 153,239.

Fox4 otherwise swept the 6 a.m. and 5 and 6 p.m. competitions in clear-cut fashion.

Tuesday -- Fox4 ran the table at both 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

CBS11 had the most total viewers at 6 p.m., with WFAA8 leading among 25-to-54-year-olds. The 5 p.m. spoils went to NBC5 in total viewers and Fox4 with 25-to-54-year-olds.

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Daybreak mainstay Ron Corning will be vacating WFAA8 in pursuit of the great wide open

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By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
Dallas-based WFAA8 is losing a prime-time player, even though his primary post for the past eight years has been the early morning shift.

Daybreak mainstay Ron Corning has decided to leave the station, with his next destination still very much up in the air. His last day at WFAA8 is yet to be determined, but “we’ll be posting a morning anchor position shortly,” executive news director Carolyn Mungo said in a Monday morning memo to staffers obtained by unclebarky.com.

Corning, in a subsequent telephone interview, said that WFAA8 had offered him a new contract after he auditioned among other in-house and outside candidates for a 10 p.m. co-anchor position that eventually went to Chris Lawrence, who was announced in November as John McCaa’s successor.

But during that time, Corning said he connected with an agent team that presented him with a range of other career possibilities outside of WFAA8.

“You get to that point where these things are coming together all at once, and you have to decide whether in time one of these possibilities will come to fruition,” Corning said. “So I decided to take a leap of faith and give myself the benefit of time because I do have other goals I want to achieve and other experiences I want to have . . . Call me in a year and I’ll tell you if I’ve made a mistake.”

Corning, 47, said that age is “always a concern in this media landscape where (stations and networks) might turn to someone who is younger and less expensive.” But he said his new agents told him that “you’re in kind of a sweet spot (age-wise), and it’s now or never. Age is only a number and my skill set is also transferable to other businesses and opportunities. But I’m pretty hopeful at that it’s all going to be good (in the media environment).”

In her memo, Mungo told staffers that Corning “will be departing WFAA to pursue some exciting new opportunities.” She praised his performance at WFAA8 as “outstanding” both on the air and in the community, where “he has emceed or appeared at more than 200 charitable events” during his time at the station. She wished Corning “continued success and happiness.”

Corning joined WFAA8 in April 2011, replacing Chris Flanagan as Daybreak’s co-anchor opposite incumbent Cynthia Izaguirre, who’s now co-anchoring the station’s 10 p.m. newscasts.

A year later, after a heavy promotional campaign touting Corning’s arrival, Daybreak was the only early morning program to show year-to-year audience gains in the May 2012 ratings “sweeps.” Among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming), WFAA8 and NBC5 tied for second place, with Fox4’s Good Day barely holding onto the top spot after losing 23,316 viewers from the previous May while WFAA8 gained 10,126.

But in the February 2019 sweeps, Fox4 ranked a dominant No. 1 in both the total viewers and 25-to-54-year-old measurements. Among 25-to-54-year-olds, the station drew more than twice as many viewers as the runner-up Daybreak. The only upside for WFAA8 was a slight increase in viewers from February 2017 while NBC5 crashed and burned in this key demographic to finish third.

In recent months, Daybreak has become much more of an ensemble act than its early morning competitors. In addition to Corning and co-anchor Kara Sewell, the show has a meteorologist, traffic anchor, social media anchor and health/fitness anchor. All are prominently featured, which means appreciably less air time for Corning than when he first arrived at WFAA8.

Meanwhile, Fox4’s front-running Good Day, which remarkably hasn’t lost a single weekday in the 6 a.m. hour since March 30th of last year, rolls along with a show that virtually reeks of stability. Led by venerable co-anchor Tim Ryan, the show’s core foursome has been together longer than Corning’s tenure at WFAA8. The kid amongst them, co-anchor Lauren Przybyl, joined Good Day in the summer of 2009. In a nutshell, it’s increasingly a case of clutter at Daybreak versus continuity at Good Day.

Corning’s departure will leave veteran meteorologist Greg Fields as the longest standing member of the Daybreak team. The four younger women sharing the show with them have all been with Daybreak for less than two years.

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Sports reporter/anchor Edward Egros leaving Fox4

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By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
Sports reporter/anchor Edward Egros, who joined D-FW’s Fox4 in August 2013, will be leaving the station at the end of this month, several sources confirm to unclebarky.com.

Egros, a graduate of Southern Methodist University, declined to comment Sunday on either his departure or his future plans. He arrived at Fox4 from WHNT-TV in Huntsville, Alabama after a three-year stay at that station.

Egros has anchored weekend sportscasts for Fox4 while reporting on weekdays. He also is the webmaster for insidesportsanalytics.com, which is unaffiliated with Fox4.

After graduating from SMU, Egros earned a master’s degree in predictive analytics from Northwestern University. In January, he began teaching Advanced Sports Communication in SMU’s Sports Management graduate program.

Egros also previously has worked for TV stations in El Paso and Paducah, KY after interning with Fort Worth-based NBC5’s sports department from January to May 2006.

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Reporter MaryAnn Martinez and CBS11 are parting ways (amended)

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By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
MaryAnn Martinez is no longer with CBS11’s reporting staff.

Her last day on the air with the D-FW station was Friday, March 8th, CBS11 communications director Lori Conrad confirmed Sunday. Martinez’s bio also has been removed from the station’s website.

Martinez, a Baylor University graduate, joined CBS11 on May 15, 2017 after freelancing for KTTV-TV in Los Angeles for a little under two months. Before that, she worked for just over two years at San Antonio’s KENS-TV. Martinez earlier reported for stations in El Paso, Miami, Las Vegas and San Diego.

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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon.-Thurs., March 4-7) -- CBS feasts, NBC eats crumbs

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
Paced as usual by The Big Bang Theory, CBS led the way in prime-time total viewers Thursday.

Not as usual, the network also won from start to stop among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds.

Big Bang ranked as the overall top draw with 358,494 total D-FW viewers, followed by its spinoff, Young Sheldon, with 323,348. CBS’ Mom and Fam also won their time slots before Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast edged CBS’ S.W.A.T. by a score of 175,733 viewers to 168,703.

But CBS swept the 18-to-49-year-old Nielsens, even beating ABC’s still potent Grey’s Anatomy in the 7 p.m. hour.

NBC’s four sitcoms, plus a 9 p.m. repeat of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, struggled for visibility. L&O lured a minuscule 2,415 viewers in the 18-to-49-year-old range compared to 49,817 for S.W.A.T., which won the 9 p.m. slot.

On Wednesday night, ABC’s American Idol rebounded from a lackluster Sunday night showing to draw the most total viewers with 231,967. ABC’s new Whiskey Cavalier then performed decently at 9 p.m., pulling in 161,674 total viewers in running second to Fox4’s newscast (189,791).

Idol also was prime-time’s top draw among 18-to-49ers with 57,365.

NBC rolled in Tuesday’s prime-time festivities, ranking first from 7 to 10 p.m. in total viewers with The Voice, This Is Us (No. 1 overall for the night with 274,143) and New Amsterdam. This Is Us also led the 18-to-49 parade with 72,461 viewers in this key demographic.

Monday’s top prime-time performers were The Voice in total viewers (246,026) and ABC’s The Bachelor with 18-to-49-year-olds (63,403).

OK, here are the local news derby results.

Monday -- On its first weeknight in the post-John McCaa era, WFAA8 got off to a strong start at 10 p.m. with wins in both total viewers and with 25-to-54-year-olds. (main advertiser target audience for news programming). Chris Lawrence is McCaa’s successor, and WFAA8 for once got a solid 9 p.m. lead-in from ABC, courtesy of The Good Doctor.

WFAA8 also swept the 6 p.m. proceedings, as did Fox4 at 6 a.m. The 5 p.m. firsts went to NBC5 in total viewers and Fox4 among 25-to-54-year-olds.

Tuesday -- CBS11 won at 10 p.m. in total viewers while Fox4 took the 25-to-54 crown.

Fox4 as usual/always ran the table at 6 a.m. and WFAA8 stayed strong at 6 p.m. with twin wins. NBC5 again drew the most total viewers at 5 p.m. and shared the 25-to-54 lead with WFAA8.

Wednesday -- CBS11 swept the 10 p.m. races while Fox4 had doubleheader wins at both 6 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The 6 p.m. total viewers wreath was shared by NBC5 and WFAA8, with Fox4 alone on top with 25-to-54-year-olds.

Thursday -- CBS11 made it three days in a row by again winning at 10 p.m. in total viewers. But Fox4 had the most 25-to-54-year-olds while also muscling up with sweeps at 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. NBC5 won in total viewers at 6 p.m., with Fox4 on top with 25-to-54-year-olds.

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Reporter Lexie Houghtaling exiting NBC5

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By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
After just a two-year stay, reporter Lexie Houghtaling has left Fort Worth-based NBC5.

Houghtaling exited the station this week after what she described as an “awesome” tenure on her Facebook page.

“Met some of the most talented journalists and dearest friends,” she added. “Thank you for watching! Can’t wait to see what’s ahead!”

The Houston native joined NBC5 on March 27, 2017 as a multimedia journalist and fill-in traffic anchor. She arrived from KBAK/KFBX-TV in Bakersfield, CA.

NBC5 management officially does not confirm personnel departures or comment on them. But the station already has removed Houghtaling’s bio from its website.

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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Sun., March 1-3) -- D-FW viewers aren't worshipping Idol

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
American Idol returned for its second season on ABC Sunday night with a two-hour edition that ended up more than a little off-key in the D-FW ratings.

Airing from 7 to 9 p.m., Idol drew 182,762 total viewers, which matched the crowd for ABC’s preceding America’s Funniest Videos.

Idol was nipped in its first hour by CBS’ competing God Friended Me (196,820 viewers) before CBS’ NCIS: Los Angeles beat it by a wider margin from 8 to 9 p.m. with 224,938 viewers.

Sunday night’s two biggest overall draws, CBS’ 60 Minutes and Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast, averaged 253,055 viewers apiece.

Among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, Idol drooped to 33,211 viewers, fewer than America’s Funniest Videos (39,250). From 7 to 9 p.m., Fox’s The Simpsons (54,3465), Family Guy (51,326) and a second 8;30 p.m. episode of FG (45,288) all outpointed Idol, as did NCIS:LA (39,250) and NBC’s 8 to 9 p.m. portion of World of Dance (33,589).

Friday’s prime-time pacesetters were ABC’s Last Man Standing in total viewers (175,733) and the network’s 20/20 among 18-to-49ers (28,079). CBS’ 9 p.m. repeat of Blue Bloods registered “hashmarks” (no measurable audience) in the 18-to-49 realm.

Here are Friday’s local news derby results.

WFAA8 anchor John McCaa’s 10 p.m. sendoff after a 35-year career at the station took the top spot among all Friday programing in both total viewers (246,026) and with 25-to-54-year-olds (68,724). The latter measurement is the main advertiser target audience for news programming. WFAA8 didn’t win the just-concluded February “sweeps” ratings in either measurement at 10 p.m. But it otherwise was a nice way for McCaa to bow out.

Fox4 notched two more wins at 6 a.m. and also drew the most 25-to-54-year-olds at 5 and 6 p.m. WFAA8 had the most total viewers at those two evening hours.

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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed.-Thurs., Feb. 27-28) -- Masked Singer season finale undresses rivals

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
Let’s first backtrack to Wednesday, the last night of the February “sweeps,” where Fox’s The Masked Singer season finale crushed everything in its path.

Midseason’s surprise smash hit bowed out until next season with an extended two-hour edition that easily led all TV attractions with 351,465 D-FW viewers for the first half and 446,905 for the revealing second hour. Rapper T-Pain won the thing, with Donny Osmond the runner-up and Gladys Knight placing third. So there.

Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast then lapped up the gravy, winning its time slot with 217,908 viewers. Masked Singer and Fox4’s news also swept the night with advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds.

ABC’s 9 p.m. debut of the spy dramedy Whiskey Cavalier ran third among the Big Four broadcast networks with 105,440 total viewers. It climbed a notch to second place among 18-to-49ers.

CBS’ two-hour, 8 to 10 p.m. edition of its new World’s Best “reality-competition” series ran an overall fourth in total viewers, outdrawing only ABC’s 7:30 p.m. episode of Single Parents. Among 18-to-49-year-olds, World’s Best was last from 8 to 9 p.m. before tying NBC’s Chicago PD for the third spot in the 9 p.m. hour.

Thursday’s prime-time proceedings were led by CBS’ Big Bang Theory repeat in total viewers (196,820) and ABC’s everlasting Grey’s Anatomy in the 18-to-49 realm (63,403).

Here are the local news derby results.

Wednesday -- NBC5 won in total viewers at 10 p.m. while Fox4 was tops with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 otherwise went on a roll, sweeping the 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. competitions and also winning at 6 p.m. with 25-to-54-year-olds. NBC5 had the most total viewers at 6 p.m.

Thursday -- On the first day after the February sweeps, CBS11 won comfortably at 10 p.m. in total viewers, but WFAA8 ran first among 25-to-54-year-olds in a tight three-way fight with CBS11 and Fox4.

Fox4 ran the table at 6 a.m. and NBC5 did likewise at 5 p.m. The 6 p.m. spoils went to WFAA8 in total viewers and Fox4 with 25-to-54-year-olds.

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