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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed.-Thurs., April 18-19) -- everyone's a prime-time winner, save for NBC

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ABC’s Thursday series finale of Scandal took the 9 p.m. hour in both major ratings measurements, but still couldn’t outdraw the network’s ever-potent Grey’s Anatomy in the D-FW Nielsens.

Scandal sucked in 192,297 total viewers and 65,533 in the advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-old demographic. Grey’s led off the night with 213,663 total viewers and 84,256 in the 18-to-49 age range. That was good enough to win from 7 to 8 p.m. among 18-to-49ers, but the total viewers firsts went to CBS’ competing The Big Bang Theory (348,983) and Young Sheldon (320,495).

CBS also commanded the 8 p.m. hour in total viewers with Mom and Life In Pieces while ABC’s new Grey’s spinoff, Station 19, beat both CBS sitcoms in the 18-to-49 realm.

NBC continued to crater at 8:30 p.m. with the freshman comedy Champions, which bottomed out with just 28,488 total viewers and 9,362 within the 18-to-49 motherlode.

In Wednesday’s prime-time tallies, the 7 to 10 p.m. winners in total viewers were CBS’ Survivor, Fox’s Star and Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast. Among 18-to-49-year-olds, Survivor, Star and Fox4’s news likewise set the pace. Survivor ranked as the night’s biggest overall draw in both total viewers (249,274) and with 18-to-49-year-olds (84,256).

Here are the Wednesday and Thursday local news derby results.

Wednesday -- Perhaps “exceedingly rare” should be taken out of the double grand slam equation -- at least where Fox4 is concerned. It doesn’t happen often, but Fox4 did it again with sweeps at 6 a.m. and 5, 6 and 10 p.m. in total viewers and with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

With the four-week May “sweeps” ratings period firing up on Thursday, April 26th, Fox4 is well-positioned to win all four slots among 25-to-54-year-olds and also take the total viewers gold at 6 a.m. The total viewers competitions otherwise are up for grabs.

Thursday -- TEGNA8 stepped up to win at 10 p.m. in both ratings measurements while Fox4 as usual did likewise at 6 a.m.

At 6 p.m., NBC5 and CBS11 shared the lead in total viewers while the Peacock won outright with 25-to-54-year-olds. The 5 p.m. firsts went to NBC5 in total viewers and Fox4 among 25-to-54-year-olds.

Local TV News Note: Brittany Jeffers, who left the CBS11 news department last month, has joined Houston’s NBC station, KRPC-TV, as a reporter.

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