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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed.-Thurs., June 27-28) -- very good numbers for bad boy Sheen's return

Charlie Sheen is back, and D-FW viewers still have an appetite for him.

The two-episode premiere of his Anger Management series enabled FX to outdraw all prime-time programming Thursday in the key 18-to-49-year-old demographic.

And the second half-hour had more viewers than the first, which will make his new network even happier.

Episode 1 at 8 p.m. drew 89,664 viewers in the advertiser-craved 18-to-49 range, with Episode 2 improving to 92,867. Thursday's next-closest attraction, the 8 to 9 p.m. portion of Fox Sports Southwest's Texas Rangers game, had 80,058 viewers during that hour. The marathon game's numbers improved from 9 to 11 p.m., with Texas finally prevailing 7-6 over Oakland. Its overall prime-time average, after a slower start from 7 to 8 p.m., was 86,462 viewers in the 18-to-49 demographic.

FX's following comedies down-trended from 9 to 10:30 p.m. Wilfred had 73,653 viewers in the 18-to-49 age range, followed by Louie (44,832) and Brand X with Russell Brand (16,012). Overall they marked the launch of the network's new Thursday "comedy block."

In the total viewer Nielsens, Anger Management had nice-sized totals of 142,256 and 155,804. The Rangers soundly beat Sheen from 8 to 9 p.m. with 223,545 total viewers while CBS' competing rerun of Person of Interest had 155,804 viewers for its full hour.

But Anger Management's very strong performance with 18-to-49-year-olds is the only result that really matters to FX. And in that measurement, Sheen likely exceeded initial expectations.

In Wednesday's ratings, the fourth episode of TNT's Dallas had 149,030 total viewers, with 51,237 in the 18-to-49 motherlode. Those are the lowest totals to date for the re-do, which was beaten in total viewers from 8 to 9 p.m. by both the Rangers-Tigers game and NBC's America's Got Talent.

But the Ewings are still running strong enough nationally to merit a likely second season. Dallas ranked second overall among original cable series Wednesday, with 4.079 million viewers to Royal Pains' 4.177 million on USA. And Dallas tied Pains in the 18-to-49 demographic.

Here are the local news derby results:

-- CBS11 topped the 10 p.m. competition in total viewers, but Fox4 won among 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

WFAA8 scored a doubleheader win at 6 a.m. while the 6 p.m. golds went to NBC5 in total viewers and Fox4 with 25-to-54-year-olds.

The Peacock and WFAA8 tied for first at 5 p.m. in total viewers, with WFAA8 alone atop the 25-to-54 demographic.

Thursday -- CBS11 repeated as the 10 p.m. winner in total viewers, but again fell to a distant fourth with 25-to-54-year-olds. This time NBC5 took that prize.

WFAA8 continued to roll at 6 a.m. with another sweep while CBS11 rolled out of bed and was hit by a semi-truck in the 25-to-54 demographic. The station was soundly beaten by CW33's Eye Opener from 5 to 7 a.m., with "hashmarks" (no measurable audience) for CBS11 from 5:30 to 7 a.m.

Other than WFAA8's Daybreak, the comedy-laced Eye Opener currently has the most early morning momentum among 25-to-54-year-olds. Produced entirely out of CW33's Dallas studios, the program also is beamed to four other Tribune-owned stations.

WFAA8 won at 6 p.m. in total viewers while Fox4 ran first with 25-to-54-year-olds. At 5 p.m., Fox4 and NBC5 tied for the top spot in total viewers, but the Peacock had the gold to itself in the 25-to-54 demo.


Daybreak co-anchor Cynthia Izaguirre is scheduled to return to the WFAA8 program on Monday, July 3rd after a three-month maternity leave. Traffic reporter Alexa Conomos, who's been filling in for Izaguirre, will then start her maternity leave.

Izaguirre birthed twins in the spring. "You should see my son!" she recently tweeted. "Much bigger than his sis and much stinkier too! :)"

Her latest tweet as of this writing: "These 3 months went fast! Will be nice to get back with my Ch 8 peeps. :)"

***CW33's Eye Opener has added D-FW radio vet Mark "Hawkeye" Louis as a travel correspondent. His segments will air on Thursdays, the station says. Louis currently has a weekend travel show, Travel with Hawkeye, on WBAP radio (820 AM).