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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon., Aug. 22) -- Fox4 remains at head of class on Back to School Day (plus a new start in TV news for former TEGNA8 anchor/reporter Shon Gables

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Consider it Super Bowl Monday for the early morning newscasts. Most kids went back to school yesterday, which generally means extra eyeballs as more moms and dads check on weather, traffic and whatever else might affect their star pupils’ paths to further education.

Fox4’s Good Day again passed with flying colors, winning by wide margins over its nearest competitor in both total D-FW viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (the main advertiser target audience for news programming). The station also came within a hair of achieving an exceedingly rare double grand slam in the four major local newscast face-offs.

At the principal early morning waking hour of 6 to 7 a.m. Monday, here’s how it looked:

Total Viewers
Fox4 -- 141,648
NBC5 -- 63,742
TEGNA8 -- 56,659
CBS11 -- 49,577

Fox4 -- 86,313
NBC5 -- 50,597
TEGNA8 -- 20,834
CBS11 -- 14,882

Fox4 also swept the 5 and 6 p.m. local newscast competitions and had the most 25-to-54-year-olds at 10 p.m. But NBC5 slipped into first place in total viewers at 10 p.m., besting Fox4 by just one-tenth of a rating point.

In prime-time, NBC’s American Ninja Warrior won from 7 to 9 p.m. in both total viewers and with 18-to-49-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for entertainment programming). Fox4’s local news was tops at 9 p.m. in total viewers and shared the 18-to-49 lead with NBC’s Running with Bear Grylls.

LOCAL NEWS NOTE: More than two years after being dropped by Dallas-based TEGNA8, Shon Gables has landed an anchor/reporter position at KTBS-TV, the ABC affiliate station in Shreveport, LA.

“Got those nervous jitters out!” she tweeted Monday from Shreveport.

Gables’ previous legal problems have been extensively detailed in these spaces. And KTBS no doubt is well aware of them. But she deserves another chance, and it’s hoped that this time things go well for her.

Gables left TEGNA8 as the station’s weekend morning anchor in June 2014. She had remained in Dallas until recently after first joining TEGNA8 in January 2010. Post-TEGNA8, she regularly tweeted about her physical fitness regimen and diet.

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