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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed.-Thurs., Oct. 17-18) -- throwaway Thursday Night Football game still takes most of the spoils

By ED BARK
@unclebarky com on Twitter
Fox’s Thursday Night Football got stuck with two losing teams, with one of them putting on one of the worst shows in prime-time NFL history, save for those who had the Denver Broncos as their Fantasy defense.

Nonetheless, the Broncos’ 45-10 walloping of the pitiful Arizona Cardinals outdrew all of the night’s alternatives except for CBS’ 7 to 8 p.m. combo of The Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon. And among advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds, the game won across the board.

Big Bang, most of which aired before football started, drew the most total D-FW viewers with 323,348. Young Sheldon followed with 281,172 before the NFL pitched a shutout for the rest of the night on Fox alone (not counting the NFL Network tack-on for its simulcast). The game overall averaged 224,938 viewers.

In the 18-to-49-year-old realm, Broncos-Cardinals clubbed the opposition all night, finishing with an average of 90,576 for a game in which Denver led 35-3 at halftime.

On TBS, the Boston Red Sox closeout of the Houston Astros in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series drew roughly half the audience for football in the total viewers measurement and about one-fourth the audience among 18-to-49ers.

CNN’s 6 to 7 p.m. town hall meeting with Texas Democratic Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke (Republican incumbent Ted Cruz declined) drew 40,067 total viewers to make it the network’s most-watched program of the day.

In Wednesday’s prime-time programming parade, NBC’s 8 p.m. hour of Chicago Fire had the most total viewers (217,908) while Fox’s 7 p.m. episode of Empire ranked No. 1 with 18-to-49-year-olds (51,326).

Here are Wednesday’s and Thursday’s local news derby results.

Wednesday -- The 10 p.m. firsts were split between NBC5 in total viewers and Fox4 among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 again swept the 6 a.m. competitions while NBC5 enjoyed twin wins at both 5 and 6 p.m.

Thursday -- NBC5 swept both the 10 p.m. and 5 p.m. races, with Fox4 notching another pair of 6 a.m. firsts. At 6 p.m., the Peacock and CBS11 tied for the lead in total viewers, but NBC5 was alone in first with 25-to-54-year-olds.

Of note: In the 6 a.m. skirmishes, CBS11 finished second with 25-to-54-year-olds on both Wednesday and Thursday. That’s rarefied air for the station, which usually runs fourth in this key news demographic. TEGNA8, which previously had been creating some distance at 6 a.m. between rivals NBC5 and CBS11, limped in with a third place finish among 25-to-54-year-olds on Wednesday and ran last on Thursday.

But TEGNA8’s attention-attracting traffic anchor, Demetria Obilor, has been on vacation of late and will return Monday. Could that have made that big of a difference? The November ratings “sweeps” start on Thursday, Oct. 25th.

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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., Oct. 16) -- Senate debate on TEGNA8 outdraws ABC's debuts of The Conners, The Rookie

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
This is really something. TEGNA8’s 8 p.m. U.S. Senate debate from Houston between Republican incumbent Ted Cruz and Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke easily outdrew parent network ABC’s debuts of both The Conners and The Rookie, starring fan fave Nathan Fillion.

The one-hour 8 p.m. face-off, which preempted ABC’s season premieres of blackish and Splitting Up Together, had 260,084 D-FW viewers and 78,499 within the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old demographic.

In comparison, ABC’s Roseanne-less The Conners led off the night at 7 p.m. with 196,820 total viewers and 54,346 in the 18-to-49 realm. At 9 p.m., The Rookie fell to 126,527 total viewers, with 48,307 in the 18-to-49 age range. That ranked it fourth in the 9 p.m. hour in total viewers, but the show’s performance with 18-to-49ers was good enough to win the hour by a small margin over Fox4’s local newscast.

ABC’s 7:30 p.m. premiere of the critically praised sitcom The Kids Are Alright also drew far fewer viewers than the debate in both ratings measurements.

Cruz-O’Rourke impressively ran a solid second at 8 p.m. among 18-to-49-year-olds, almost outpointing NBC’s competing This Is Us (81,518 viewers). In the total viewer Nielsens, the debate ran a very competitive third at 8 p.m. behind This Is Us (281,172 viewers) and CBS’ new FBI (274,143), which had the advantage of another reliably strong lead-in from the network’s 7 p.m. new episode of NCIS (372,553).

Meanwhile on FS1, a few of us Brew Crew loyalists stayed up until 1:26 a.m. to witness a 2-1 extra innings loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. In the final quarter hour of the game -- 1:15 to 1:30 a.m., a total of 21,088 viewers were still watching, with 9,058 in the 18-to-49 age range.

OK, here are Tuesday’s local news derby results.

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

Fox4 as usual/always did likewise at 6 a.m., where it hasn’t lost a single weekday since Good Friday.

At 6 p.m., NBC5 won in total viewers and Fox4 was tops with 25-to-54-year-olds. The Peacock also led in total viewers at 5 p.m. while sharing the 25-to-54 gold with Fox4.

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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed.-Mon., Oct. 10-15) -- catchup round, featuring Cowboys upper

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
The Dallas Cowboys crept up in total viewers but were down among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds in year-to-year Game 6 match ups with similar results and surroundings.

Sunday’s 40-7 rout of the Jacksonville Jaguars, which was CBS’ featured mid-afternoon to early evening game, averaged 1,089,542 total D-FW viewers, with 377,400 in the 18-to-49 realm. Last season’s Game 6, which Dallas won 40-10 over the San Francisco 49ers in Fox’s featured game, had fewer total viewers (997,094) but a bigger slice of 18-to-49ers (399,437). The Cowboys throttled the Jags in Jerry’s Palace while pounding the 49ers on the road. In each case, Dallas improved to a 3-3 record.

NBC’s Sunday Night Football attraction, a marquee matchup between the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs, pulled in 583,432 total viewers and 271,728 in the 18-to-49 demographic.

Opposite the game, ABC’s 9 p.m. premiere of The Alec Baldwin Show got crushed with a sub-measly 14,059 total viewers and 6,038 in the 18-to-49 motherlode. It may already be time to call it quits.

Let’s move ahead to Monday, where ESPN’s Monday Night Football featured more late-game comeback heroics from Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers. The Pack’s 33-30 win over the lowly 49ers led all TV attractions with 302,260 total viewers. Over on FS1, the Milwaukee Brewers made it a Badger state twofer by beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-0 in Game 3 of their National League Championship Series. Your friendly content provider watched with consummate interest, but most of D-FW otherwise tuned out. The game drew just 42,176 total viewers.

In Monday’s Big Four broadcast network universe, NBC’s The Voice ranked as the biggest scorer with 260,084 total viewers before Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast beat NBC’s new Manifest for the first time in head-to-head competition by a close score of 203,850 viewers to 196,820.

CBS’ Magnum, P.I. reboot fell off sharply in its third outing, ranking last among the Big Four at 8 p.m. while also drawing fewer viewers than the network’s three other prime-time programs.

In the 18-to-49-year-old measurement, Monday Night Football thumped everything else in sight, easily more than doubling the total of runner-up 9-1-1 on Fox. The Brewers-Dodgers game barely showed a pulse in this key demographic, averaging a sub-scant 1,208 viewers. Nope, that’s not a misprint.

Saturday’s college football parade was paced by the Texas-Baylor thriller on ESPN. It averaged 217,908 viewers, with the Longhorns surviving 23-17.

Friday’s prime-time spoils as usual went to CBS’ Blue Bloods in total viewers (231,967) while Fox’s Last Man Standing ranked No. 1 among 18-to-49ers with 54,346. LMS also ran barely behind Blue Bloods in total viewers with 224,938.

Fox’s NFL matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants outdrew all rival programming Thursday night with 337,406 total viewers and 138,883 of the 18-to-49 persuasion.

Wednesday’s prime-time golds went to NBC’s Chicago Fire in total viewers (210,879) and ABC’s Modern Family among 18-to-49-year-olds (57,365).

Finally, here are the local news derby results.

Wednesday -- TEGNA8 had the most total viewers at 10 p.m. while tying NBC5 for the top spot with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. races and TEGNA8 did likewise at 6 p.m. The 5 p.m. firsts went to Fox4 in total viewers and CBS11 with 25-to-54-year-olds.

Thursday -- NBC5 swept a downsized three-way competition at 10 p.m. while Fox4 remained unbeatable at 6 a.m. with twin wins.

TEGNA8 won in total viewers at 6 p.m., and Fox4 drew the most 25-to-54-year-olds. Fox4 and NBC5 shared first place at 5 p.m. in total viewers, but Fox4 was alone on top among 25-to-54-year-olds.

Friday -- Fox4 ran the table at both 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. while NBC5 did likewise at 5 p.m. The Peacock and TEGNA8 shared the 5 p.m. lead in total viewers, with Fox4 taking the 25-to-54-year-old gold.

Monday -- NBC5 drew the most total viewers at 10 p.m., but Fox4 was tops with 25-to-54-year-olds.

Fox4 again dominated at 6 a.m., where the victory margin among 25-to-54-year-olds was especially remarkable. Fox4 had 94,496 viewers in this key news demographic. NBC5, TEGNA8 and CBS11 were bunched together with a combined 51,543 viewers.

At 6 p.m., NBC5 and CBS11 shared the lead in total viewers, but the Peacock won outright with 25-to-54-year-olds. Fox4 and NBC5 tied for the most total viewers at 5 p.m., with Fox4 alone in first among 25-to-54-year-olds.

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CBS11 tabs Alanna Autler to replace Cristin Severance in station's investigative unit

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By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
D-FW’s CBS11 has filled its vacant investigative reporter slot with Alanna Autler, whose first day at the station was Monday, Oct. 15th.

Autler arrives from NBC affiliate WSMV-TV in Nashville, where she spent the last four years as a TV gumshoe. She also has worked at WOWK-TV in Charleston, VA, and is a journalism graduate of Northwestern University, where she attended the prestigious Medill School.

Autler and investigative reporter David Boucher of Nahville’s The Tennessean were married a year ago and dubbed the city’s “Best Media Power Couple” by Nashville Scene. Boucher, now an investigator for The Dallas Morning News, is also a Northwestern University grad.

Autler replaces Cristin Severance, who left CBS11 last month with her husband, Dan Haggerty, an anchor-reporter for the station. Both are now with Portland, OR’s KGW-TV. Here’s a compilation video of Autler aggressively in action.

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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., Oct. 9) -- American Music Awards not a hit tune

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
ABC’s annual American Music Awards show, which used to air on a Sunday or Monday, failed to top the charts as a Tuesday entry.

The three-hour presentation ran third for most of the night in total D-FW viewers with an average of 126,527. Among the Big Four broadcast networks, that was good enough to outdraw only Fox’s Gifted (91,381) and Lethal Weapon (98,410) during the 7 to 9 p.m. portion of the AMAs.

CBS’ NCIS as usual won the 7 p.m. hour in total viewers with 351,465. The network’s FBI (260,084) and NCIS: New Orleans (238,996) also won their time slots.

Among advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds, NBC’s The Voice and This Is Us took the first two hours of prime-time before the closing hour of the AMAs won from 9 to 10 p.m. This Is Us, the night’s top draw in this key demographic, drew 87,557 viewers.

Here are Tuesday’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 again cruised in both ratings measurements at 6 a.m. and NBC5 ran the table at 5 p.m. In the 6 p.m. races, NBC5 and TEGNA8 tied for the top spot in total viewers while the Peacock had first place to itself with 25-to-54-year-olds.

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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon., Oct. 8) -- it's football in a Brees

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees set an all-time NFL passing yards record while ESPN breezed to a dominating prime-time win with Monday Night Football.

The Saints’ 43-19 rout of the visiting Washington Redskins averaged 344,436 D-FW viewers, with 156,998 of them within the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old demographic.

Meanwhile, in the Big Four broadcast network universe, Fox’s 8 p.m. hour of 9-1-1 was the top draw in total viewers (253,055) while NBC’s 7 to 9 p.m. edition of The Voice averaged the most 18-to-49ers (66,422).

NBC’s new Manifest stayed strong by winning the 9 p.m. hour in both ratings measurements. ABC’s The Good Doctor continued to falter in the 9 to 10 p.m. slot, running fourth in total viewers and with 18-to-49-year-olds. CBS’ Magnum, P.I. reboot continued to draw decent-sized crowds at 8 p.m., but still ran third in that hour in the two major ratings food groups, beating only ABC’s staggering Dancing with the Stars.

Here are Monday’s local news derby results.

Buoyed by the early season success of Manifest, NBC5 capitalized on the show’s robust lead-in to win at 10 p.m. in both total viewers and with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 again swept the 6 a.m. competitions while also scoring twin wins at 6 p.m. NBC5 drew the most total viewers at 5 p.m. and shared the 25-to-54-year-old lead with Fox4.

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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Sun., Oct. 5-7) -- numbers are up for another Cowboys downer

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
Playing on NBC’s main stage Sunday night, the Dallas Cowboys’ 19-16 overtime loss to the Houston Texans outdrew last year’s similarly deflating Game 5 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Punting when he could have rolled the dice, Cowboys’ coach Jason Garrett subsequently blew up the post-game Twitter-verse with critics of his “gutless” (as many put it) decision. As for the game itself, it stretched to 10:45 p.m. and averaged 1,356,655 D-FW viewers, with 543,456 of them in the advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-old realm.

Game 5 of the 2017 season, a 35-31 loss to the visiting Packers on Fox’s featured mid-afternoon to early evening game, drew 1,232,123 total viewers and 493,055 within the 18-to-49 age range.

Game 2 of the ongoing season, also played on NBC’s Sunday Night Football, remains the most-watched to date with 1,428,693 total viewers and 599,155 in the 18-to-49 demographic. The Cowboys beat the New York Giants 20-13 in Jerry’s Palace.

The weekend’s runner-up top TV attraction of course was Saturday’s early-starting Texas-Oklahoma game on Fox, where the offensive fireworks still haven’t died down following the Longhorns’ 48-45 upset win over the Sooners. The game averaged 653,725 total viewers, with 250,594 in the 18-to-49 motherlode.

In Friday’s prime-time festivities, CBS’ 9 p.m. episode of Blue Bloods was the top overall draw with 246,026 total viewers. But the 18-to-49-year-old winner was Fox’s 7 p.m. episode of Last Man Standing with 48,307 viewers. Fox’s second episode of the new sitcom The Cool Kids won the 7:30 to 8 p.m. slot among 18-to-49ers, but was edged in total viewers by the second half of CBS’ competing Macgyver.

Here are Friday’s local news derby results.

CBS11 had the most total viewers at 10 p.m. while Fox4 won with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

It was otherwise a day of sweeps, with Fox4 as usual/always running the table at 6 a.m. and NBC5 scoring twin wins at both 5 and 6 p.m.

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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs., Oct. 4) -- Football gets an overall passing grade while it's not looking good for I Feel Bad & Murphy Brown

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
CBS had Thursday’s two biggest prime-time scorers while the NFL still loomed large and audiences tuned out on two new fall comedies.

The Big Bang Theory and its spinoff, Young Sheldon, gave CBS control of the 7 p.m. hour in total viewers with 344,436 and 323,348 respectively. Fox then took over with the rest of its Thursday Night Football encounter between the victorious New England Patriots and injury-ravaged Indianapolis Colts. The game averaged 295,231 total viewers and easily won the 8 to 10 p.m. slot.

Among advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds, TNF won from start to finish with an average of 126,806 viewers in this key demographic.

Now for the casualties. NBC’s I Feel Bad, making its regular time slot debut after a two-episode sneak preview last month, ran last among the Big Four broadcast networks at 8:30 p.m. with just 70,293 total viewers. The second episode of CBS’ competing Murphy Brown revival also continued to struggle, drawing 126,527 viewers at 8:30 p.m. after the preceding Mom fed it 224,938 viewers.

The second season premiere of NBC’s Will & Grace also performed poorly with 91,381 viewers at 8 p.m.

In the 18-to-49-year-old realm, Murphy Brown tied for a distant second in its time slot with 30,192 viewers while I Feel Bad tied CBS’ 9 p.m. episode of S.W.A.T. as the night’s loss leader with a paltry 15,096 viewers.

Here are Thursday’s local news derby results.

NBC5 won a downsized three-way race at 10 p.m. in both total viewers and with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 again controlled the 6 to 7 a.m. slot while NBC5 scored twin wins at 5 p.m. TEGNA8 nipped NBC5 by a sliver to win in total viewers at 6 p.m., but Fox4 was alone on top with 25-to-54-year-olds.

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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., Oct. 3) -- NBC's Windy City trilogy blows hard throughout prime-time

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
NBC’s Chicago, Chicago, Chicago rescue dramas ran strong throughout Wednesday, sweeping the 7 to 10 p.m. hours in total D-FW viewers while also giving the Peacock prime-time’s most-watched shows.

Chicago Fire led off with 203,850 viewers, followed by Chicago Med (217,908) and Chicago PD (203,850).

Fox and Fox4 otherwise mostly led the way among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds.

Empire took the 7 p.m. hour with 45,288 viewers in this key demographic. ABC’s Modern Family then won from 8 to 8:30 p.m. with 57,365 viewers (the night’s biggest haul among 18-to-49ers) before Fox’s second half of Star took command at 8:30 p.m. with 50,119 viewers. Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast won the full hour with 51,326 viewers in the 18-to-49 realm.

ABC’s second episode of A Million Little Things continued to struggle at 9 p.m., ranking last among the Big Four broadcast networks in total viewers while beating CBS’ competing Criminal Minds by a hair among 18-to-49-year-olds in a battle for third place.

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

NBC5 swept the 10 p.m. races in total viewers and with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 remained on cruise control at 6 a.m. with twin wins. NBC5 drew the most total viewers at both 5 and 6 p.m. while sharing the 6 p.m. lead among 25-to-54-year-olds with Fox4. The 5 p.m. win with 25-to-54-year-olds went to Fox4.

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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., Oct. 2) -- CBS again is top cop

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
CBS remains a crime show powerhouse, never more so than on Tuesday nights.

The network’s prime-time lineup of NCIS, FBI and NCIS: New Orleans controlled the 7 to 10 p.m. hours in total D-FW viewers and even got a 9 p.m. win with advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds.

NCIS as usual led the way with 358,494 total viewers before FBI (288,201) and NCIS: NO (253,055) won their hours. The latter series also led at 9 p.m. among 18-to-49ers with 39,250, besting the second episode of NBC’s competing New Amsterdam (36,230).

The Peacock’s one-hour edition of The Voice drew the most 18-to-49-year-olds in the 7 p.m. hour with 51,326 before NBC’s This Is Us had Tuesday night’s biggest haul in this key demographic (69,442).

ABC punted at 9 p.m. with a repeat of the new drama series A Million Little Things, which easily ranked as prime-time’s 18-to-49-year-old bottom-feeder with 6,038 viewers. It also drew the smallest number of total viewers (49,205), helping to torpedo TEGNA8’s following 10 p.m. local newscast in the process.

Speaking of that, here are Tuesday’s local news derby results.

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

Fox4 once again swept the 6 a.m. competitions while NBC5 remained strong in the early evening hours by running the table at both 5 and 6 p.m.

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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon., Oct. 1) -- Monday Night Football scores biggest; 9-1-1 and Manifest stay strong

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
The Kansas City Chiefs’ comeback win over the Denver Broncos, highlighted by the play of QB and Texas Tech alum Patrick Mahomes, took the overall top spots in Monday’s prime-time ratings.

ESPN’s Monday Night Football presentation averaged 358,494 D-FW viewers and 169,075 in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old age range.

In the Big Four broadcast network universe, the winners in total viewers were the 7 to 8 p.m. portion of NBC’s The Voice (260,084), Fox’s 8 p.m. episode of 9-1-1 (281,172) and the 9 p.m. second episode of the Peacock’s new Manifest (260,084).

CBS’ premiere of the new sitcom The Neighborhood ran second in total viewers from 7 to 7:30 p.m. with 196,820 before the network’s other comedy debut, Happy Together, fell to 133,557 viewers in finishing third.

Among 18-to-49ers, the time slot winners were The Neighborhood, Happy Together, 9-1-1 and Manifest. ABC’s Dancing with the Stars continued to skew north of Forest Lawn, drawing the smallest crowd of 18-to-49-year-olds (18,115) among all prime-time attractions on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox.

Here are Monday’s local news derby results.

NBC5 rolled to twin wins at 10 p.m. in total viewers and with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 again crushed all comers at 6 a.m. while also sweeping the 6 p.m. competitions. NBC5 won at 5 p.m. in total viewers and shared the 25-to-54 top spot with Fox4.

LOCAL TV NEWS NOTE: TEGNA8 anchor Cynthia Izaguirre has been off the air at 6 and 10 p.m. for a while, and on Monday night explained why on her Twitter account in response to viewer inquiries.

Aguirre said she’s taking adoption leave so that she and her husband can adopt a child. She’s also having “a surgery” on Oct. 12th, Izaguirre said.

She’s otherwise still with TEGNA8, which Izaguirre described as “my home away from home! I’ve been humbled by all of you inquiring about my whereabouts. Thank you so much and see you in a few months.”

That would keep Izaguirre off the air during the November ratings “sweeps,” which begin on Oct. 25th and run through Nov. 21st.

In her absence, TEGNA anchor/reporter Marie Saavedra has been co-anchoring with John McCaa, who recently announced that he’ll be retiring in March.

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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Sun., Sept. 28-30) -- Cowboys' Game 4 dips along with new Nielsen population estimates

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
The Dallas Cowboys may have saved their season with Sunday’s dramatic 26-24 win over the visiting Detroit Lions on new kicker Brett Maher’s last second field goal.

Their ratings didn’t show it, though, although newly released downturns in D-FW’s Nielsen population estimates were a contributing factor.

Last season’s Game 4, also a noon starter on Fox, averaged 981,599 total viewers and 407,301 in the advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-old age range. Dallas lost that one, 35-30, to the visiting Los Angeles Rams.

Sunday’s win, which ran from noon to 2:59 p.m. on Fox, drew 970,043 total viewers and 362,304 within the 18-to-49 realm. Here’s an asterisk, though. The new Nielsen estimates say that each D-FW rating point is worth 70,293 viewers, down from the previous year’s 71,221. The 18-to-49 values also are reduced, from 31,206 viewers per rating point to the new 30,192. Cord-cutting marches on.

Later in the day, NBC’s Sunday Night Football matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers had 492,051 total viewers and 226,440 in the 18-to-49 demographic. Both numbers easily led all prime-time TV attractions.

On Saturday, the season premiere of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, with Matt Damon playing embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in the opening sketch, pulled in 182,762 total viewers and 66,422 in the 18-to-49 motherlode. Both tallies fell short of ABC’s prime-time college football matchup between Ohio State and Penn State, which the Buckeyes narrowly won with a big comeback. The game drew 224,938 total viewers and 87,557 in the 18-to-49 demographic.

Friday’s biggest scorer, Fox’s debut of Last Man Standing a year after ABC canceled it, rolled to 330,377 total viewers from 7 to 7:30 p.m. before the network’s premiere of The Cool Kids made a solid showing with 231,967 viewers to also win its time slot.

CBS’ returns of Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods then took over with respective totals of 196,820 and 260,084 viewers.

The night’s prime-time winners in the 18-to-49-year-old demo were the Fox/Fox4 lineup of Last Man Standing, The Cool Kids, Hell’s Kitchen and the 9 p.m. local newscast.

NBC5’s 7 p.m. gubernatorial debate between incumbent Republican Greg Abbott and Democratic challenger Lupe Valdez lagged with 84,352 total viewers and 18,115 in the 18-to-49 measurement. In contrast, the previous Friday’s NBC5 U.S. Senate debate between Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke had 284,884 total viewers and 59,291 in the 18-to-49 realm.

Finally, here are Friday’s local news derby results.

CBS11 ran first in total viewers at 10 p.m., while Fox4 drew the most 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

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

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