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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon., Aug. 14) -- return of RHOD registers a pulse (updated)

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Bravo’s Season 2 premiere of Real Housewives of Dallas lit a little ratings flame Monday night in the D-FW Nielsens.

The 9 p.m. return drew 43,627 viewers, matching its lead-in audience from Bravo’s Real Housewives of Orange County. Both shows also replicated one another with 19,243 viewers in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old demographic. And on little Bravo, the numbers in both ratings measurements were good enough to lead all of the network’s Monday programming.

Monday’s overall top draw, the Texas Rangers-Detroit Tigers game on Fox Sports Southwest, averaged 152,693 total viewers and 167,235 during the 9 to 10 p.m. hour opposite RHOD.

The top scorer with 18-to-49-year-olds was NBC’s 7 to 9 p.m. edition of American Ninja Warrior, which had 67,349 viewers in this key demographic.

All four of the Big Four broadcast networks’ 9 p.m. attractions drew more total viewers than RHOD. But Bravo’s collection of six catty, acidic North Texas posers (four of them returnees from the low-rated Season 1) beat both ABC’s The Gong Show and CBS’ CBSN on Assignment in the 9 p.m. fight for 18-to-49-year-olds.

(The national ratings for RHOD turned out to be pretty grim in comparison. Monday’s Season 2 premiere drew just 843,000 viewers and logged a .3 rating in the 18-to-49-year-old demographic. That’s basically half the crowd for Bravo’s preceding Real Housewives of Orange County, which had 1.656 million viewers and a .6 rating among 18-to-49-year-olds.)

Also within the Big Four broadcast net universe, NBC’s 9 p.m. attraction, the new Midnight, Texas, continued to perform decently with solid second place finishes in both ratings measurements. Excluding that portion of the Rangers game, Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast was the 9 p.m. winner in total viewers and with 18-to-49-year-olds.

And now here we go with Monday’s local news derby results.

TEGNA8 stayed strong at 10 p.m. with wins in total viewers and among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. competitions and also won at 5 and 6 p.m. in the 25-to-54 realm. NBC5 was tops in total viewers for both early evening newscasts.

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