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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., Sept. 5) -- FX's Trump-thumping American Horror Story: Cult scares competition with chilling haul of 18-to-49-year-olds

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FX’s consistently most popular series, American Horror Story, launched for the seventh time Tuesday night with a Trump-bashing motif that played well in D-FW with advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds.

Subtitled Cult, the 9 p.m. premiere won its time slot against all competing programming with 54,521 viewers in the 18-to-49 realm. That’s a very impressive percentage of AHS’s overall 79,982 viewers.

A 10 p.m. repeat then drew an additional 22,450 viewers in the 18-to-49 age range. The latest self-standing version of AHS begins on election night, with a crazed, fear-mongering young Donald Trump supporter reveling in the shocking win while Democrats are horrified. A killer clown posse soon kicks in.

Throughout Tuesday’s prime-time festivities, NBC’s 7 to 9 p.m. edition of America’s Got Talent racked up the most 18-to-49-year-olds with 76,970. The 9 p.m. debut of AHS: Cult ranked second for the night in this key demographic. But the 10 p.m. audience for AHS: Cult’s repeat enabled the show to match AGT overall among 18-to-49-year-olds.

AGT otherwise also led Tuesday’s prime-time parade in total viewers with 305,386.

Here are Tuesday’s local news derby results.

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

Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. competitions and added a 5 p.m. win among 25-to-54-year-olds. NBC5 scored with first-place finishes at 5 p.m. in total viewers and at 6 p.m. with 25-to-54-year-olds. TEGNA8 was tops in total viewers at 6 p.m.

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