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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs., Sept. 26) -- rockin' Robin

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Buoyed by a double-shot lead-in from two new Big Bang Theory episodes, Robin Williams’ new CBS sitcom The Crazy Ones destroyed NBC’s competing The Michael J. Fox Show on Night 4 of the new fall season.

CBS also dominated prime-time’s other hours. Here’s the hour-by-hour breakdown:

7 to 8 P.M.

The Big Bang Theory drew 433,705 and 440,589 D-FW viewers for its first two episodes of the fall season. Fox’s The X Factor (165,221) ran far behind in second place, followed by ABC’s repeat of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (82,610) and NBC’s one-hour season debut of Parks and Recreation (61,958).

It was the same order of finish with advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds.

8 to 9 P.M.

The Crazy Ones opened with 413,052 total viewers from 8 to 8:30 p.m. while the first of two Michael J. Fox Show episodes managed 154,895. CBS’ season premiere of Two and a Half Men then whipped Michael J. by a score of 268,484 viewers to 120,474. Although improving on its meager lead-in from Parks & Recreation, the first two episodes of Michael J. also ran behind ABC’s first hour of Grey’s Anatomy (185,873 viewers) and Fox’s Glee (165,221).

CBS likewise took the full hour among 18-to-49-year-olds, with Michael J. again ranking fourth.

9 to 10 P.M.

CBS took a victory lap with the season premiere of Elementary, which had 247,831 total viewers in beating the second hour of Grey’s Anatomy (192,758), Fox4’s local newscast (144,568) and NBC’s new season launch of Parenthood (117,031) trailed the field.

Elementary nipped Grey’s Anatomy for first place in the 18-to-49 demographic while Parenthood moved up to third place.

On the cable sports front, the Texas Rangers’ do-or-die home win over the Angels had 178,989 total viewers on Fox Sports Southwest, with Jurickson Profar ending matters with a ninth inning walk-off homer. The NFL Network’s 49ers-Ram game ran a bit behind with an overall average of 165,221 viewers.

Here are Thursday’s local news derby numbers:

CBS11 had the most total viewers at 10 p.m. while WFAA8 ran first with 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

Fox4 once again pounded bumps on its early morning rivals with a pair of 6 a.m. wins. The station also swept the 5 p.m. competitions.

WFAA8 had the most total viewers at 6 p.m. and tied Fox4 for the top spot among 25-to-54-year-olds.


NBC5, which signed on the air as WBAP-TV back on Sept. 29, 1948, has some anniversary gambits planned for Friday and Saturday.

During the Friday, Sept. 27th 4 p.m. newscast, longtime meteorologist David Finfrock will do the weather “retro-style with paper maps,” the station says. Finfrock learned this particular craft from the late, legendary Harold Taft, who hired him.

On Saturday at 9 a.m., Finfrock will host a half-hour special, NBC5 Turns 65. Among the commemorative pieces are Finfrock’s tribute to Taft and entertainment reporter Bobbie Wygant’s “tour to show us what it was like to be in a brand new building in 1948.”

Former NBC5 news staffers Bob Schieffer, Boyd Matson and Karen Hughes also will add their remembrances.

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