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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., April 22) -- everyone's a winner except ABC

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Absent competition from a new episode of NCIS, NBC’s The Voice racked up Tuesday’s biggest ratings scores.

The weekly 7 p.m. results hour drew 355,065 D-FW viewers, with 169,348 of them in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old hot spot.

CBS’ repeat of NCIS: Los Angeles won at 8 p.m. in total viewers, but new episodes of NBC’s About a Boy and Growing Up Fisher were the 18-to-49 prizewinners.

Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast then ran first in both ratings measurements. ABC’s only sign of life was a new 7 p.m. episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which ran third in total viewers ahead of Fox’s first-run Glee and moved up to second at that hour with 18-to-49-year-olds.

In post-primetime hours, a Late Show guest appearance by Stephen Colbert, who will replace David Letterman as host sometime next year, could not pull CBS out of its third-place rut behind NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live. But Tonight’s victory margin was much skimpier than usual, with all three shows in first-run mode.

Here are Tuesday’s local news derby results.

CBS11 had the most total viewers at 10 p.m. while WFAA8 nipped Fox4 for the top spot among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 again swept the 6 a.m. competitions. NBC5 flexed in the early evening, routing the competition in both measurements at 5 p.m. and winning by lesser margins at 6 p.m.

WFAA8 continued to struggle mightily with both its 4 and 5 p.m. newscasts, which ran far behind in fourth place behind NBC5, Fox4 and CBS11. The canceled Katie isn’t helping, playing out the string at 3 p.m. with dismal numbers. Absent a viable lead-in, WFAA8’s newscasts are paying the price. But no one forced WFAA8 to buy Katie, which also was a slug at 4 p.m. in its first season before the station sent her show to 3 p.m. and launched its inaugural 4 p.m. local newscast last fall.

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