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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon.-Tues., Sept. 11-12) -- Hurricane benefit has wide appeal while NBC5's four principal newscasts hit a double grand slam

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The Big Four broadcast networks’ blanket telecast of Hand In Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief drew TV’s largest aggregate audience Tuesday night.

Airing from 7 to 8 p.m., the hastily arranged mini-telethon had a major contingent of show biz stars taking viewers’ calls. Among them were Barbra Streisand, Billy Crystal, George Clooney, Bryan Cranston, Cher, Jay Leno, Jon Stewart, Justin Bieber, Sofia Vergara, Adam Sandler and Julia Roberts. Others sent recorded messages, including Houston native Beyonce.

NBC’s telecast drew the largest crowd of D-FW viewers, with 145,422. Following in order were CBS (101,795), Fox (94,524) and ABC (87,253). The Spanish language network Univision chipped in with 79,982 viewers, bringing the total to 508,976. A smattering of cable networks also carried Hand in Hand, but the ratings were negligible and in some cases “hashmarks” (no measurable audience).

NBC followed with 283,573 viewers for its 8 to 10 p.m. edition of America’s Got Talent, which easily won those hours and also ran first with advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds (76,970).

In Monday’s nighttime Nielsens, ESPN led the way with a Monday Night Football doubleheader. The opening game, Vikings and Saints, had 247,217 total viewers and 112,249 in the 18-to-49 age range. The Denver Broncos-San Diego Chargers matchup then drew 196,320 total viewers and 89,799 within the 18-to-49 realm.

Over on Bravo, the latest episode of Real Housewives lured 28,357 total viewers in the 9 p.m. hour, with 13,470 of ‘em of the 18-to-49 persuasion.

Here are the local news derby results.

Monday -- TEGNA8 had it both ways at 10 p.m., winning in total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

NBC5 won in total viewers at 6 a.m. while Fox4 was tops with 25-to-54-year-olds.

Fox4 and NBC5 tied for first place in both ratings measurements at 5 p.m. The 6 p.m. golds went to TEGNA8 in total viewers and NBC5 with 25-to-54-year-olds.

Tuesday -- Break out the cake and ice cream (and maybe even a little of the bubbly) at NBC5. The station accomplished an exceedingly rare double grand slam by sweeping the 6 a.m. and 5, 6 and 10 p.m. competitions in both ratings measurements.

The closest contests were at 6 a.m., where the Peacock twice nipped Fox4.

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