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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., Oct. 15) -- ABC's and Fox's sinking new sitcoms

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CBS’ all-powerful NCIS again led all prime-time programming in total D-FW viewers while ABC’s pair of freshman sitcoms continued their slides after falsely optimistic starts last month.

NCIS drew 497,091 viewers in the 7 p.m. hour while also barely nipping NBC’s season premiere of The Biggest Loser for a time slot win among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds.

NBC’s The Voice then shifted the 8 p.m. balance of power with first place finishes in both ratings measurements. CBS rebounded back on top in total viewers at 9 p.m. with Person of Interest but Fox4’s local newscast won among 18-to-49-year-olds ahead of NBC’s runner-up Chicago Fire.

ABC’s 8 to 9 p.m. entries, The Goldbergs and Trophy Wife, ran a very weak-kneed fifth in the key 18-to-49 demographic, with The CW’s Supernatural taking fourth place at that hour behind The Voice, CBS’ NCIS: Los Angeles and Fox’s New Girl and The Mindy Project. In the total viewers measurement, Trophy Wife ran fourth from 8:30 to 9 p.m. while The Goldbergs edged New Girl to take the bronze.

CW’s new The Originals took fourth place among 18-to-49-year-olds in the 7 p.m. hour, beating Fox’s likewise struggling freshman comedy duo of Dads and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. The first half-hour of The Originals also slightly outdrew Dads in total viewers. For CW, anything other than a fifth-place prime-time finish is almost cause for a ticker tape parade.

ABC also continued to have serious problems at 9 p.m., where its plug-in repeat of Scandal (which last week replaced the canceled Lucky 7) again ran distant fourths in total viewers and with 18-to-49-year-olds.

In Tuesday’s local news derby results, CBS11 had he most viewers at 10 p.m. but WFAA8 finished first among 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

Fox4 and NBC5 tied for No. 1 in total viewers at 6 a.m., with Fox4 comfortably alone on top with 25-to-54-year-olds.

An American League Championship Series over-run rubbed out Fox4’s 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts. NBC5 capitalized big-time, sweeping the downsized three-way competitions at both hours.

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