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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot ((Thurs., Nov. 20) -- Big Bang and then boom times for ABC

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The so-called “winter finales” of ABC’s three Shonda Rhimes-produced melodramas provided a big night for the network after CBS’ The Big Bang Theory as usual opened Thursday with a runaway win.

Big Bang drew 418,440 D-FW viewers while also dominating its time slot among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds with a haul of 138,767.

CBS’ following Mom also won from 7:30 to 8 p.m. in total viewers (265,012), holding off the second half of ABC’s competing Grey’s Anatomy (230,142).

Otherwise it was all ABC, with Grey’s beating Mom in the 18-to-49 demographic before the network’s 8 to 10 p.m. combo of Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder thumped everything in sight in both ratings measurements.

Scandal had 271,986 total viewers, with 94,614 in the 18-to-49 realm. How to Get Away with Murder improved on each count with respective totals of 278,960 and 107,229 viewers.

Thursday’s worst broadcast network performers in both ratings measurements were NBC’s A to Z and Bad Judge, both of which are loitering in prime-time after being canceled. The two sitcoms ran fifth among 18-to-49-year-olds from 8 to 9 p.m., trailing ABC, CBS, Fox and The CW’s Reign.

Over on cable’s NFL Network, the previously winless Oakland Raiders’ upset of the Kansas City Chiefs averaged 153,428 total viewers, with 66,230 in the 18-to-49 age range.

Here are the local news derby results for the 16th weekday of the 20-weekday November “sweeps” rating period.

Gannett8 solidified its hold on the 10 p.m. race with decisive wins in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 likewise maintained a firm grip at 6 a.m. with another doubleheader win. The 5 p.m. golds both went to NBC5 while the 6 p.m. spoils were split between CBS11 in total viewers and Fox4 in the 25-to-54 measurement.

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