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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon., Oct. 20) -- Gotham hangs in there

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Fox is having an overall miserable season in the prime-time ratings, but its investment in Gotham continues to slowly pay off.

Housed in TV’s toughest time slot -- Mondays from 7 to 8 p.m. -- the Batman prequel logged its best D-FW finish to date among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds. In the Big Four broadcast network universe, it beat both ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and CBS’ 7:30 p.m. season premiere of The Millers while also holding its own against CBS’ The Big Bang Theory and the first hour of NBC’s The Voice.

The 7 p.m. new episode of Big Bang drew 154,536 viewers in the 18-to-49 range while The Voice had 122,998. Gotham came in a respectable third with 107,229 and DWTS limped in with 37,846.

Gotham, which has been picked up for a full season, also edged the first hour of DWTS in total viewers before Fox’s Sleepy Hollow again drooped badly with less than half the totals of Gotham in both ratings measurements.

ESPN’s Monday Night Football attraction, the Steelers vs. the Texans, again flexed with an average of 334,752 total viewers and 173,459 in the 18-to-49 demographic. Airing from 7:30 to 10:37 p.m., it won across the board in that time frame with 18-to-49-year-olds and was outdrawn in total viewers by only the 7:30 to 8 p.m. portion of The Voice.

The 9 p.m. winner among the Big Four broadcast networks again was NBC’s The Blacklist, which easily repelled ABC’s competing Castle in both ratings barometers. CBS’ 9 p.m. entrant, NCIS: Los Angeles in its new time slot, continued to struggle with a third place finish in total viewers and a distant fourth place standing among 18-to-49-year-olds. Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast moved up to second place with 18-to-49-year-olds in the non-football arena.

Here are Monday’s local news derby results.

Gannett8 swept the 10 p.m. competitions in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (the main advertiser target audience for news programming). CBS11 fell off the map among 25-to-54-year-olds, drawing less than one-half the audience for third-place Fox4. Frontrunner Gannett8 and NBC5, which placed a close second, both quadrupled the 25-to-54 viewership for CBS11.

Fox4 scored doubleheader wins at both 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. while NBC5 took both golds at 5 p.m.

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