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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs., Sept. 19) -- calm before the new fall season storm

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It’s a pretty lackluster night in TV land when the most-watched prime-time attraction is a repeat of CBS’ The Big Bang Theory. But the new fall season officially rushes into view on Monday, which will mean plenty of ratings action.

Big Bang’s 234,062 viewers from 7 to 7:30 p.m. thumped competition from both Fox’s The X Factor (172,105 viewers for the full hour) and NBC’s finale of Million Second Quiz (103,263 viewers for the full two hours, with a dude named Andrew Kravis taking home $2.6 million).

In the Big Four broadcast network universe, CBS also won from 8 to 9 p.m. with reruns of Big Bang and Two and a Half Men before Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast topped that hour.

The winners among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds were The X Factor, ABC’s 8 p.m. Grey’s Anatomy repeat and Fox4’s news.

Cable also scored with a pair of pro sports matchups. The NFL Network’s Kansas City Chiefs-Philadelphia Eagles matchup had a nice-sized haul of 199,642 total viewers while the Texas Rangers’ much-needed gut-check win at Tampa Bay averaged 158,337 viewers on Fox Sports Southwest.

In the late night arena, The Arsenio Hall Show (carried in D-FW by CW33) is still hanging tough, particularly with 18-to-49-year-olds. Its second half-hour outdrew the first half-hours of both NBC’s Tonight Show with Jay Leno and CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman. But ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live led the way in this key measurement and Fox4’s 10:30 p.m. edition of the syndicated TMZ placed second. (Beginning Monday, Fox4 will push TMZ back a half-hour and begin airing weeknight syndicated episodes of Modern Family.)

Here are Thursday’s local news derby results:

WFAA8 had the most total viewers at 10 p.m. while tying Fox4 for the top spot with 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

Fox4 routinely swept the 6 a.m. competitions, although NBC5 was a pretty close second.

Both 6 p.m. golds went to WFAA8. At 5 p.m. NBC5 and CBS11 tied for the most total viewers and Fox4 finished first with 25-to-54-year-olds.

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