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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Tues., Jan. 15-19) -- catchup round

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First of all, it likely will come as no surprise that the weekend NFL post-season games dominated D-FW’s Nielsen ratings. But let’s rewind with the more recent results during this catchup round.

CBS’ NCIS again led Tuesday’s prime-time parade in total viewers (403,697) while the network’s NCIS: New Orleans (339,955) and Limitless (177,060) likewise won their time slots. CBS also made it a clean sweep among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, with NCIS again the night’s biggest draw of all (66,690 viewers).

In contrast, ABC landed with a thud in the ratings basement with the two-hour, 8 to 10 p.m. return of Marvel’s Agent Carter. It drew a measly 35,412 total viewers and 12,703 in the key 18-to-49-year-old demographic.

In Monday’s prime-time results, CBS’ 7 p.m. episode of Supergirl and ABC’s first half of The Bachelor tied for the most total viewers at that hour with 198,307 apiece. CBS then controlled the 8 to 10 p.m. slot with Scorpion (262,049) and NCIS: Los Angeles (247,884).

The Bachelor took the entire 7 to 9 p.m. slot among 18-to-49-year-olds (85,744) before NCIS: Los Angeles won the 9 p.m. hour with 53,987 viewers in the 18-to-49 age range.

Sunday’s pacesetter, CBS’ Denver Broncos-Pittsburgh Steelers matchup, averaged 842,806 total viewers while Fox’s preceding Carolina Panthers-Seattle Seahawks game ran close behind with 821,558 viewers. Panthers-Seahawks turned the table among 18-to-49-year-olds, beating Denver-Pittsburgh by a score of 342,976 to 301,692.

CBS’ post-game attraction, an edition of 60 Minutes featuring an exclusive segment with Sean Pean on his El Chapo drug lord interview, also cleaned up with 545,345 total viewers and 165,136 within the 18-to-49 motherlode.

NBC’s three-way Democratic presidential candidate debate, which aired from 8 to 10 p.m. Sunday, pulled in 219,554 total viewers. It was beaten in the first hour by CBS’ Madam Secretary (276,214 viewers) before winning the 9 p.m. hour. Among 18-to-49-year-olds, Fox’s Family Guy had the most viewers from 8 to 8:30 p.m. before the Dems controlled the 8:30 to 10 p.m. portion.

Saturday’s top overall ratings performer, NBC’s prime-time Arizona Cardinals-Green Bay Packers overtime thriller, drew 786,146 total viewers. CBS’ earlier New England Patriots-Kansas City Chiefs game ran second on Saturday with 708,240 viewers. Cardinals-Packers also was Saturday’s pacesetter with 18-to-49-year-olds.

On a comparatively uneventful Friday night, CBS’ Blue Bloods again ranked No. 1 in total viewers (269,131) while also placing first among 18-to-49-year-olds by a sliver over NBC’s two-hour Dateline.

Here are the local news derby results.

Friday -- CBS11 had the most total viewers at 10 p.m., but NBC5 was tops with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. competitions; NBC5 had the most total viewers at 6 p.m. and tied TEGNA8 for first in the 25-to-54 measurement. TEGNA8 ranked first in total viewers at 5 p.m. while again tying NBC5 for the top spot with 25-to-54-year-olds.

Monday -- CBS11 again drew the most total viewers at 10 p.m. while TEGNA8 ran first among 25-to-54-year-olds.

Fox4 ran the table at both 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. The 6 p.m. golds went to CBS11 in total viewers and NBC5 in the 25-to-54 age range.

Tuesday -- CBS11 made it three straight 10 p.m. wins in total viewers and this time also held onto first place in the 25-to-54-year-old demographic.

Fox4 repeated Monday’s performance by sweeping the 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. races. CBS11 ranked No. 1 in total viewers at 6 p.m. and NBC5 won among 25-to-54-year-olds.

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