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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed.- Tues., Jan. 22-28) -- catchup round

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We live in interesting times. In times when Sunday night’s Grammy Awards on a single network (CBS) drew a substantially larger TV audience than the State of the Union address and Republican response on seven networks.

Those are the numbers that jumped out in this catchup round after a trip to Florida to see the opening of my daughter Liz’s and her husband Joseph’s community theater in Rockledge, FL. They did all of this from scratch, with an original play -- Cereus Moonlight -- and hand-built props and stage. Subjectively speaking, very impressive. Objectively speaking, very impressive.

Liz is a 2000 graduate of Dallas’ Ursuline Academy after eight years at St. Bernard of Clairvaux elementary . So if any readers would like to see what she and Joseph are up to -- or help out financially -- here’s a link to a Florida Today video in which they explain what miR Theater (made in Rockledge) is all about.

OK, on with the D-FW ratings show.

Sunday’s Grammys on CBS averaged 795,346 viewers locally, easily whipping competition from NBC’s tricked-up Pro Bowl (276,951 viewers). On Tuesday night, President Obama’s fifth State of the Union Address and a GOP response from Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (8 to 9:45 p.m. with brief commentary in between) averaged 639,117 viewers on ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC.

NBC and CBS tied for the biggest audience with 142,026 viewers apiece. MSNBC had the smallest crowd of 21,304. A repeat of CBS’ NCIS from 7 to 8 p.m. drew significantly more viewers -- 262,748 -- than the State of the Union and Republican response did on any individual network. That’s what’s known as a tune-out of all things Washington, D.C.

Monday night’s prime-time ratings parade was led by CBS’ How I Met Your Mother and NBC’s The Blacklist, each of which had 255,647 viewers. But ABC’s 7 to 9 p.m. edition of The Bachelor ran a comfy first among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds.

The Wednesday and Thursday Nielsens kept Fox’s American Idol on top of all prime-time programming. Wednesday’s 7 to 9 p.m. outing averaged 418,977 total viewers while Thursday’s one-hour edition drew 411,875 viewers.

Thursday’s post-Idol premiere of Rake, starring Greg Kinnear as a messed up defense attorney, fell to 198,836 viewers. It was beaten by a “special” episode of CBS’ The Big Bang Theory from 8 to 8:30 p.m. before outdrawing that network’s The Crazy Ones from 8:30 to 9 p.m.

Idol also romped to commanding wins among 18-to-49-year-olds on both nights while Rake ran first by far lesser margins.

Here are the weekday four-way local news derby results:

Wednesday -- WFAA8 swept the 10 p.m. competitions in total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming. Otherwise it was all Fox4. The station ran the table in both measurements at 6 a.m. and at 5 and 6 p.m.

Thursday -- It was WFAA8’s turn to roll. The station again ran the table at 10 p.m., added a 6 p.m. sweep and won among 25-to-54-year-olds at 5 p.m.

Fox4 again ruled at 6 a.m. and NBC5 entered the winner’s circle with a 5 p.m. first in total viewers.

Friday -- WFAA8 remained dominant at 10 p.m. with twin wins and Fox4 again flexed with a 6 a.m. sweep. The earlier hour was especially dismal for WFAA8, which fell to an unaccustomed fourth in both ratings barometers.

WFAA8 ran the table at 6 p.m. The 5 p.m. golds went to Fox4 in total viewers and NBC5 in the 25-to-54 demographic.

Monday -- Fox4 logged a big day, again reigning at 6 a.m., also sweeping at 5 p.m. and running first at 6 and 10 p.m. with 25-to-54-year-olds.

Fox4 also tied CBS11 for the most total viewers at 6 p.m. But WFAA8 stemmed the tide with a 10 p.m. win in total viewers while Fox4, NBC5 and CBS11 were all bunched close behind.

Tuesday -- WFAA8 won at 10 p.m. in total viewers but NBC5 ran first with 25to-54-year-olds in a downsized three-way race. CBS11’s late nighter was pushed back by its network’s Two and a Half Men rerun.

Fox4 remained a titan at 6 a.m. and also swept at 6 p.m.

NBC5 had the most total viewers at 5 p.m. while Fox4 was tops with 25-to-54-year-olds.

For those keeping score, it was a particularly bad five-day stretch for CBS11, which managed just a lone first place tie in the 40 competitions for total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds. The station had a glimmer of hope at 6 a.m., though, beating WFAA8’s slumping waker-upper for the third-place spot in four of their 10 face-offs.

Fox4 remains well ahead of all three competitors in the 6 a.m. hour, although NBC5 soon will get an overall boost from its network’s coverage of the Winter Olympics, which begin in earnest with the Friday, Feb. 7th opening ceremonies from Sochi, Russia.

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