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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon., Jan. 28) -- slippage for The Passage

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After gainful ratings for its first two episodes, Fox’s The Passage ran into viewer resistance Monday night.

The sci-fi series fell to fourth place at 8 p.m. with 133,557 total D-FW viewers, markedly down from 217,908 the previous week. It also dug a valley between Fox’s preceding The Resident (196,820) and Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast (a time slot winner with an identical 196,820 viewers).

Among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, The Passage fell hard from 72,461 viewers the previous Monday to 45,288. In the 8 p.m. hour, that was good enough to outdraw only CBS’ Magnum, P.I. (15,096), which nonetheless was renewed earlier this week for a second season.

Monday’s top overall prime-time draw, NBC’s America’s Got Talent: The Champions, dominated with 295,231 total viewers from 7 to 9 p.m. before the Peacock’s Manifest plunged to fourth place at 9 p.m. with well less than half that crowd (119,498). AGT also led all programming among 18-to-49ers, with 81,518.

Here are Monday’s local news derby results.

WFAA8 swept the 10 p.m. races in total viewers and with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 again ran the table at 6 a.m. and also had the most 25-to-54-year-olds at both 5 and 6 p.m.

The total viewer golds went to NBC5 at 5 p.m. and CBS11 at 6 p.m.

Note to readers: Some may have noticed that as of Monday, TEGNA8 is now being tagged WFAA8 in these spaces. The station is still owned corporately from afar by TEGNA. But the homogenized color-coded graphics on newscasts have been dropped, as have those big block TEGNA letters at the end of each newscast. Fair is fair, and the station visually at least seems to have been given a little more autonomy of late.

Fox4, NBC5 and CBS11 all brand themselves that way, and those tags will continue. As is WFAA, they’re all also owned from afar by their corporate parents. WFAA is the only station among them that still wants to be known by its call letters. As of this week, that’s the way it will be again.

This has been a totally voluntary move on the part of unclebarky.com. It’s not aimed at thawing relations with current WFAA8 management. Some things aren’t likely to ever change.