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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., June 28) -- Big Brother you're watching

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CBS’ most enduring summer escape mechanism, Big Brother, returned for its 19th season Wednesday night. The ratings went through the roof -- at least by hot weather standards.

Airing from 7 to 9 p.m. BB easily led all prime-time programing in both total D-FW viewers (174,506) and advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds (80,178). Few CBS shows do well in the latter key demographic, but BB almost always does -- and on multiple nights, too.

Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast otherwise won that hour with 138,151 total viewers and 41,632 in the 18-to-49 age range.

Here are Wednesday’s local news derby results.

TEGNA8 drew the most total viewers at 10 p.m. while Fox4 won with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 and TEGNA8 tied for the 6 a.m. lead in total viewers, but Fox4 edged the ABC station in the 25-to-54 demographic.

NBC5 and CBB11 tied for first in total viewers at 6 p.m., with Fox4 again winning outright with 25-to-54-year-olds. The Peacock drew the most total viewers at 5 p.m. while Fox4 and CBS11 shared the top spot among 25-to-54-year-olds.

LOCAL TV NEWS NOTE -- CBS11 will air a half-hour special, Dallas Ambush: One Year Later, to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the July 7, 2016 police shootings in downtown Dallas.

It’s scheduled for Friday, July 7th at 6:30 p.m., with Doug Dunbar and Kaley O’Kelley anchoring.

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