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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., May 1) -- Roseanne/NCIS again split proceeds

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Led as usual by NCIS, CBS again cornered the market in total viewers Tuesday night while ABC’s Roseanne led all prime-time attractions in the advertiser-craved 18-to-49-year-old demographic.

NCIS piled up 341,861 total viewers in the 7 p.m. hour before Bull (299,128) and NCIS: New Orleans (284,884) controlled the 8 to 10 p.m. slot.

Roseanne topped all prime-time programming in the 18-to-49-year-old realm with 84,256 viewers while settling for second from 7 to 7:30 p.m. with 242,151 total viewers opposite the first half-hour of NCIS. Those are dwindling returns for the most talked-about reboot of the season, which roared out of the gate on March 27th with 441,570 total viewers and well more than twice as many (196,598) in the 18-to-49-year-old age range.

Tuesday’s other 18-to-49 winners were ABC’s The Middle (56,171) from 7:30 to 8 p.m.; the first half-hour of Bull (34,327); ABC’s 8:30 p.m. episode of Splitting Up Together (34,327) and NCIS: New Orleans (43,688).

Here are Tuesday’s local news derby results for the fourth weekday of the May “sweeps.”

CBS11 topped the 10 p.m. competitions in total viewers while Fox4 won a tight fight for the most 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. races, and tied NBC5 for the top spot in total viewers at 5 p.m. CBS11 nipped both of those stations at 5 p.m. among 25-to-54-year-olds.

Also of note: The 7 to 9 a.m. portion of Fox4’s Good Day slaughtered the three network morning shows in both audience measurements.

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