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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues.-Wed., Sept. 16-17) -- ups & downs for Mysteries of Laura/Red Band Society

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Fall’s first two new series, NBC’s The Mysteries of Laura and Fox’s Red Band Society, had their coming out parties Wednesday night.

Buoyed by a big lead-in from the America’s Got Talent season finale, Laura is celebrating anew. Red Band, which went into the teeth of AGT, for now is in mourning.

Although critically panned, Laura zoomed to an audience of 248,546 D-FW viewers after AGT averaged a time slot dominating 255,647 viewers from 7 to 9 p.m.

Red Band, which had mixed reviews, had 127,823 viewers in the 8 p.m. hour to run third behind AGT and CBS’ Criminal Minds repeat (134,925 viewers).

Among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, Laura remained comfortably in first during the 9 p.m. hour while Red Band outdrew only ABC’s 8 to 8:30 p.m. Modern Family repeat before its second half-hour fell to fourth behind another MF rerun.

The season finale of CBS’ Extant -- and also likely the series finale -- also took a tumble. It ran third in both ratings measurements at 9 p.m., behind Laura and Fox4’s local newscast.

CBS’ Big Brother remained strong, though, winning the 7 p.m. hour among 18-to-49-year-olds and running second to AGT in total viewers.

Tuesday night’s best overall ratings performer, ABC’s 7 p.m. Dancing with the Stars results show, drew 305,356 total viewers. The season’s final AGT performance show then won from 8 to 10 p.m. with 284,052 viewers.

In the 18-to-49 demographic, Big Brother took the 7 to 8 p.m. gold before AGT cleaned up. Fox’s 7 p.m. hour of the new Utopia ran fourth in its timeslot in total viewers but moved up two notches to second place among 18-to-49-year-olds (beating DWTS and an AGT recap show).

Here are the local news derby results.

Tuesday -- NBC5 swept the 10 p.m. competitions in total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 notched twin wins at 6 a.m. NBC5 and CBS11 tied for the most total viewers at 6 p.m., with the Peacock winning outright among 25-to-54-year-olds.

The 5 p.m. golds went to Gannett 8 in total viewers and Fox4 in the 25-to-54 demographic.

Wednesday -- NBC5 again rolled to a 10 p.m. sweep and Fox4 did likewise at 6 a.m.

NBC5 also ran the table at 5 p.m. and added a 6 p.m. win in total viewers. Fox4 had the most 25-to-54-year-olds at 6 p.m.

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