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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs., Aug. 8) - blackout can't stop Big Brother

CBS’ Big Brother racked up Thursday’s biggest prime-time audiences despite an ongoing Time Warner blackout affecting roughly 400,000 subscribers in the D-FW viewing area.

On a night when the red-hot Texas Rangers were off, BB drew 192,758 viewers in the 8 p.m. hour while also pulling in a night’s best 118,008 viewers in the key 18-to-49 demographic.

CBS also had the most total viewers from 7 to 8 p.m. with repeats of The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men while Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast was the top draw at 9 p.m. Big Bang and Fox4’s news also led with 18-to-49-year-olds, but the second half of ABC’s Wipeout dethroned Two and a Half.

After virtually no audience the night before, CW33’s 9 p.m. Nightcap comedy news had one of its better showings Thursday with 48,189 total viewers. But that still put it in fifth place far behind Fox4’s front-running news (158,337 viewers).

In Thursday’s four-way local news derby results, WFAA8 swept the 10 p.m. competitions with wins in total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

Fox4 ran first in total viewers at 6 a.m., but NBC5 and WFAA8 tied for the top spot with 25-to-54-year-olds. Fox4 retaliated by running the ratings table at both 5 and 6 p.m.


CBS11’s new 11 a.m. local newscast, kicking off on Monday, Aug. 12th, will use the station’s early morning team of Brendan Higgins, Adrienne Bankert, Whitney Drolen and incoming meteorologist Scott Padgett, who starts on Sept. 16th. Incumbent Jeff Jamison will fill in until then.

As previously posted, Jeopardy! will relocate from 11 a.m. on CBS11 to 6 p.m. on sister station TXA21. “Encore” episodes of the evergreen game show precede it at 5:30 p.m.

TXA21 also will debut two new court shows from a seemingly inexhaustible supply of ‘em. Paternity Court gets the noon slot, starting Sept. 23rd. Supreme Justice with Judge Karen follows it at 12:30 p.m., beginning Sept. 16th.

Also, TXA21’s weekend lineup will include the new weekly Local Fare, hosted by CBS11’s Teresa Frosini. Start date is Saturday, Sept. 7th at 5 p.m.

A publicity release for the half-hour program bills it as a “video pathway to the world of cuisine,” treating viewers to “great food inspiration while they learn about the latest trends and the most compelling restaurants the Metroplex has to offer.” The show is from Phillips Productions of Dallas, whose president and CEO is longtime Texas Country Reporter host Bob Phillips.

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