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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., Oct. 9) -- Survivor still making big splash

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“Reality” competition shows come and go, but Survivor may never go away.

The CBS’ pathfinder’s 27th edition, Survivor: Blood and Water, again dominated its 7 p.m. time slot Wednesday, drawing 276,951 D-FW viewers with 136,781 of them within the advertiser-prized 18-to-49 age range. That easily bested the first hour of Fox’s competing The X Factor, which had 177,533 total viewers and 81,418 in the 18-to-49 demographic.

CBS also won at 8 and 9 p.m. in total viewers with Criminal Minds (312,457) and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (227,242). The second half of Criminal Minds topped the 18-to-49 measurement, but ABC’s Modern Family won at 8 p.m. while Fox4’s local newscast ran first from 9 to 10 p.m..

NBC’s new 9 p.m. episode of Ironside cratered with fourth place finishes in both measurements. ABC’s two freshman sitcoms, Back In the Game and Super Fun Night also had tough nights. Game ran fourth across the board in its 7:30 to 8 p.m. slot while Super Fun ranked fourth in total viewers and third with 18-to-49-year-olds (ahead of NBC’s Law & Order: SVU from 8:30 to 9 p.m.

The CW’s 8 p.m. premiere of The Tomorrow People was barely present with 49,709 total viewers and 16,284 within the 18-to-49 motherlode.The network’s 7 p.m. Season 2 premiere of Arrow did little better with respective totals of 56,810 and 22,797 viewers.

Here are Wednesday’s local news derby tallies:

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

At 6 a.m., WFAA8 handed Fox4 its first defeats since Sept. 9th by winning in both ratings measurements.

Fox4 swept the 5 p.m. competitions. The 6 p.m. golds went to CBS11 in total viewers and NBC5 with 25-to-54-year-olds.

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