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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., Sept. 27) -- newcomer SEAL Team is prime-time's top draw

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The premiere of CBS’ SEAL Team drew an overall older crowd Wednesday, but it was still more than enough to put the military drama at the top of the prime-time class.

David Boreanaz’s latest star turn lured 298,115 D-FW viewers in the 8 p.m. hour, improving on the 239,946 from CBS’ 7 p.m. lead-in, Survivor. Both shows won their time slots in this measurement before CBS’ Criminal Minds fell to second place (174,506 viewers) behind Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast (225,404).

The season premiere of Fox’s Empire, which used to be a juggernaut, ran second at 7 p.m. in total viewers (210,862), barely beating NBC’s competing Blacklist (196,320). But Empire won its slot among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds with 86,592 viewers while Fox4’s 9 p.m. news had the only time slot sweep with 96,213 viewers in this key demographic.

In the 8 p.m. hour, ABC’s Modern Family won from 8 to 8:30 p.m. in the 18-to-49 realm (67,349 viewers) before the second half of NBC’s Law & Order: SVU took over with 57,728 viewers.

The 9 p.m. season premiere of ABC’s Designated Survivor ran a distant last with 18-to-49-year-olds among the Big Four broadcast networks and nipped NBC’s competing Chicago PD for third place in total viewers.

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

TEGNA8 swept the 10 p.m. competitions in total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 continued to reign at 6 a.m. with twin wins and NBC5 ran the table at 5 p.m. The 6 p.m. firsts went to TEGNA8 in total viewers and to Fox4 narrowly over NBC5 with 25-to-54-year-olds.

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