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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues.-Wed., Aug. 23-24) -- NBC/Fox flex in prime-time

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NBC punched out all of its prime-time competitors on Tuesday before Fox and Fox4 joined in some of the fun on Wednesday night.

Helped by a dominating lead-in from America’s Got Talent, the Peacock’s 9 p.m. Tuesday premiere of Better Late Than Never won its 9 p.m. slot with 205,390 D-FW viewers and 60,338 in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old age range. The series features William Shatner, Henry Winkler, George Foreman and Terry Bradshaw clumsily traipsing together through Asia while trying not to be Ryan Lochtes.

AGT easily won Tuesday’s 7 to 9 p.m. ratings battle with 290,378 total viewers and 92,095 in the 18-to-49 realm.

On Wednesday, CBS’ Big Brother drew the most total viewers in the 7 p.m. hour with 148,730. Fox’s competing Masterchef had a slight edge among 18-to-49-year-olds (66,690).

NBC’s AGT beat a second hour of Masterchef in total viewers at 8 p.m., but Gordon Ramsay’s volatile kitchen competition won with 18-to-49-year-olds.

Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast then drew Wednesday’s biggest prime-time audiences with 219,554 total viewers and 98,447 in the key 18-to-49 demographic. On Fox Sports Southwest, the Texas Rangers’ 6-5 win at Cincinnati averaged 134,566 total viewers and 25,406 in the 18-to-49 motherlode. It won’t get any easier Thursday night, with the Rangers partially going against the Dallas Cowboys’ pre-season “dress rehearsal” game at Seattle. But ratings then should perk up during a 10-game home stand.

Here are the Tuesday and Wednesday local news derby results.

Tuesday -- NBC5 and TEGNA8 tied for the most total viewers at 10 p.m., but the Peacock was alone on top with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. competitions while NBC5 did likewise at both 5 and 6 p.m.

Wednesday -- NBC5 ran the table at 10 p.m. and Fox4 again had twin wins at 6 a.m.

The Peacock also drew the most 25-to-54-year-olds at 5 and 6 p.m. The total viewers spoils went to Fox4 at 5 p.m. and CBS11 at 6 p.m.

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