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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., Sept. 29) -- solid starts for Fox's Grandfathered, Grinder before Scream Queens again a whisper

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Fox’s premieres of Grandfathered and The Grinder, respectively starring the criminally handsome duo of John Stamos and Rob Lowe, performed decently Tuesday night before the network’s second episode of Scream Queens again showed scant signs of life.

Going against punishing competition from CBS’ NCIS and NBC’s first hour of The Voice, Grandfathered drew 184,142 D-FW viewers and The Grinder, 191,225. NCIS led the 7 p.m. hour with 424,944 viewers while The Voice ran a solid second with 368,285 viewers. That left ABC’s competing The Muppets and Fresh Off the Boat in the ratings dust with respective totals of 134,566 and 84,989 viewers.

Among advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds, The Voice led with 123,852, followed by NCISThe Grinder (88,920), Grandfathered (69,865), The Muppets (66,690) and Fresh Off the Boat (44,460).

The Voice led all programming in both ratings measurements from 8 to 9 p.m., with CBS’ NCIS: New Orleans taking the second spot and ABC’s season premiere of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D winning the bronze. That left Scream Queens in the dumper with Tuesday night’s lowest scores among the Big Four broadcast networks in both total viewers (63,742) and 18-to-49-year-olds (22,230).

At 9 p.m., CBS’ new Limitless had the most total viewers (191,225) while tying NBC’s surprisingly resilient Best Time Ever in the 18-to-49 demographic with 60,338 viewers apiece.

The first-place Texas Rangers’ crucial 7-6 home win against the Detroit Tigers averaged a nice-sized 191,225 total viewers on Fox Sports Southwest, with a peak crowd of 262,049 between 10:15 and 10:30 p.m. The game’s closing half-hour went opposite the 10 p.m. local newscasts on Fox4, NBC5, TEGNA8 and CBS11. And it easily outdrew the top performer on NBC5 (155,813 viewers.)

Here are Tuesday’s local news derby results.

NBC5 also was tops at 10 p.m. with 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. races while the 6 p.m. golds went to CBS11 in total viewers and TEGNA8 in the 25-to-54 age range.

NBC5 had the most total viewers at 5 p.m. and shared the 25-to-54 lead with TEGNA8.

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