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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs.-Sun., July 16-19) -- survey says Celebrity Family Feud is top weekend draw

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ABC continued to hit a ratings jackpot Sunday night with another edition of the Steve Harvey-hosted Celebrity Family Feud.

Featuring an appearance from the Gronkowski brothers and their “Creator” (as dad put it), Feud paced all weekend programming with 258,038 D-FW viewers in the 7 p.m. hour.

CBS’ competing hour of Big Brother ran a distant second in the time slot with 146,454 viewers but tied Feud among advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds (81,999 each). The two shows combined to pound welts on NBC’s 7 p.m. Season 2 premiere of Welcome to Sweden, which lured just 13,948 total viewers and 3,154 in the 18-to-49 demographic.

ESPN’s coverage of the rain and wind-plagued Open golf championship from Scotland easily had its peak total viewers audience on Sunday. It hit a high of 174,350 between noon and 12:15 p.m.

The elements, combined with a 6-hour time difference, obviously didn’t help the ratings for Dallasite Jordan Spieth’s pursuit of his third straight Major championship. Because play was suspended and resumed so often, we’ll just concentrate on the peak crowds for the Thursday through Saturday coverage. (On Saturday, only a handful of golfers, including Spieth, completed their 2nd rounds before officials pushed the third round back to Sunday and the climactic fourth to Monday.)

Thursday -- 62,766 viewers between 7:45 and 8:15 a.m.
Friday -- 83,688 viewers between 3:45 and 4 p.m.
Saturday -- 76,714 viewers between 12:30 and 12:45 p.m.

First-run episodes of NBC’s Aquarius and Hannibal, both exiled to Saturdays after poor ratings on Thursdays, continued to be scantly seen drama hours. Still, Aquarius actually tied for first place in its 8 p.m. slot with a measly 41,844 total viewers opposite CBS’ 48 Hours Mystery. At 9 p.m., Hannibal ran last as usual with 20,922 viewers.

Here are the local news derby results for Thursday and Friday.

Thursday -- TEGNA8 ran first at 10 p.m. in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. face-offs and NBC5 did likewise at 5 p.m. The 6 p.m. golds went to CBS11 in total viewers and TEGNA8 among 25-to-54-year-olds.

Friday -- TEGNA8 again had the most total viewers at 10 p.m. but was beaten by NBC5 in the 25-to-54 demographic.

Fox4 as usual scored twin wins at 6 a.m. while CBS11 had the most total viewers at both 5 and 6 p.m. NBC5 answered by drawing the most 25-to-year-olds at 5 and 6 p.m.

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