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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., Sept. 18) -- CBS rolls with Survivor season premiere, Big Brother season finale

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The address was CBS Wednesday on a night when two rival “talent competition” shows took a pounding.

The network’s 90-minute Season Umpteen premiere of Survivor (subtitled “Blood and Water”) drew a league-leading 296,021 D-FW viewers before CBS’ 8:30 to 10 p.m. wrap-up of the latest Big Brother likewise won its time slot with 220,294 viewers.

Both of the long-running cutthroat competitions also prevailed among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, giving CBS a clean sweep of the prime-time terrain.

NBC’s 8 to 10 p.m. season finale of America’s Got Talent took the biggest lumps after slumping for much of the summer. It had just 137,684 total viewers in finishing third behind CBS, Fox’s second hour of The X Factor (172,105 viewers) and Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast (also 172,105 viewers). It was the same order of finish with 18-to-49-year-olds. ABC punted with wall-to-wall reruns while NBC otherwise played out the string with Million Second Quiz, a colossal, multi-night failure that this time out had just 68,842 viewers from 7 to 8 p.m.

Here are Wednesday’s local news derby results:

WFAA8 and CBS11 tied for the most total viewers at 10 p.m., with WFAA8 alone on top with 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

Fox4 again swept the 6 a.m. competitions. CBS11 had the most total viewers at both 5 and 6 p.m. while WFAA8 reigned at those hours with 25-to-54-year-olds.

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