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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs., May 17) -- not much going on

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On a night pocked with reruns and not-so-hot first run attractions, ABC and Fox4 took the prime-time golds in the two main ratings food groups.

Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast drew the most total D-FW viewers with just 170,930 while ABC’s new episode of Grey’s Anatomy ranked as Thursday night’s top scorer among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds (81,136). The night also was absent any NBA conference championship games leading to The Finals on ABC, which are scheduled to start on May 31st.

Here are the local news derby results for the 16th weekday of the May “sweeps,” which ends next Wednesday.

TEGNA8 won in total viewers at 10 p.m., but Fox4 pulled in the most 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 remained in cruise control at 6 a.m. with another sweep. The station has a hammerlock on the competition, but TEGNA8 will be moving into a still distant second place -- ahead of NBC5 -- in the key 25-to-54-year-old demographic.

NBC otherwise thrived in the early evening on Thursday, scoring twin wins at both 5 and 6 p.m.

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