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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., Oct. 8) -- CBS/NBC control prime-time terrain

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Crime again paid for CBS in D-FW’s total viewer Nielsens but NBC skimmed the profits with Tuesday’s No. 1 lineup among advertiser-craved 18-to-49-year-olds.

The CBS trio of NCIS (404,774 total viewers), NCIS: Los Angeles (291,153) and Person of Interest (276,951) all won their time slots. NBC countered with an 18-to-49 sweep via a two-hour edition of The Voice (127,011 viewers in this key demographic) and Chicago Fire (84,674).

ABC’s third episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ran third at 7 p.m. in both ratings measurements, but in each case had a slightly larger audience than the previous week.

Fox’s 7 to 9 p.m. quartet of comedies again had a miserable out-of-the-money night, with Andy Samberg’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine continuing to slowly deep six itself with just 56,810 total viewers at 7:30 p.m. The preceding new Dads was the most-watched of the Fox foursome with 92,317 viewers.

ABC’s cancellation of Lucky 7 after just two episodes did not improve the network’s 9 p.m. standing. A repeat of Scandal did far worse in both ratings measurements and had a total viewer haul of just 42,619.

On KERA13, the powerful Frontline documentary League of Denial averaged 35,507 total viewers from 8 to 10 p.m. It probed the NFL’s look-the-other-way stance on the brain-damaging aftereffects of concussions. ESPN, which has a long-term contract with the NFL, belatedly backed out of its partnership with PBS and Frontline. The film is based on the just-released, same-named book by two ESPN reporters.

In Tuesday’s local news derby results, CBS11 had the most total viewers at 10 p.m. but NBC5 ran first among 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

At 6 a.m., juggernaut Fox4 slipped into a rare first place tie in total viewers with NBC5 and WFAA8. Fox4 and WFAA8 shared the top spot with 25-to-54-year-olds.

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

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