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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed.-Thurs., March 7-8) -- They aren't the champions

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NBC’s Thursday night premiere of the sitcom Champions ended up with just a participant trophy.

In a post-Will & Grace 8:30 p.m. slot, Champions ran last among the Big Four broadcast networks in total D-FW viewers (85,465) and tied for third place with the second half of Fox’s Showtime at the Apollo among advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds (28,085 each).

Earlier at 7:30 p.m., the Peacock hit rock bottom with a new episode of A.P. Bio, which ranked last among all prime-time programs with 42,733 total viewers and 12,482 in the 18-to-49 realm.

CBS’ The Big Bang Theory as usual was Thursday’s top scorer in both ratings measurements, leading off the night with 391,716 total viewers and 99,859 in the 18-to-49 age range.

In the 9 p.m. hour, Fox4’s local newscast beat all competing network programming across the board while more than doubling its total viewers lead-in audience from Showtime at the Apollo.

Wednesday’s 7 to 10 p.m. winners in total viewers were CBS’ Survivor and Seal Team, and Fox4’s news, the night’s biggest overall draw with 220,785.

ABC scored with 18-to-49-year-olds, winning from 7 to 9 p.m. with its comedy lineup of The Goldbergs, Speechless, Modern Family and American Housewife. Fox4 then ended that run with a 9 p.m. first in this key demographic.

Here are the Wednesday and Thursday local news derby results.

Wednesday -- TEGNA8 drew the most total viewers at 10 p.m. while Fox4 won among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. competitions and also was tops with 25-to-54-year-olds at 5 and 6 p.m. TEGNA8 won both early evening races in total viewers.

Thursday -- The 10 p.m. winners again were TEGNA8 in total viewers and Fox4 among 25-to-54-year-olds.

Fox4 continued its winter-long unbeaten streak at 6 a.m. with another pair of runaway wins. The station also ran the table at 5 p.m. and added a 6 p.m. win among 25-to-54-year-olds. TEGNA8 ran first at 6 p.m. in total viewers.

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