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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon., Sept. 28) -- Blindspot stays strong, Big Bang leads night

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Episode 2 of NBC’s Blindspot continued to prosper behind another bounteous lead-in from The Voice while CBS again led all prime-time programming Monday with another commanding performance by The Big Bang Theory.

Big Bang led off with 368,285 D-FW viewers and also won from 7 to 7:30 p.m. among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds (149,258). The network’s new Life In Pieces then fell to 233,719 total viewers, putting it behind the second half-hours of both The Voice and ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. Life In Pieces also trailed The Voice with 18-to-49-year-olds but had just enough juice in that key demographic to nip DWTS.

CBS’ Scorpion bounced back up a bit in total viewers, drawing 254,966 in the 8 p.m. hour. That still wasn’t quite enough to outdraw NBC’s time slot-winning The Voice or the runner-up DWTS. It was the same story among 18-to-49-year-olds, with DWTS again looking fairly spry in the No. 2 spot.

Blindspot took over at 9 p.m. with winning totals of 247,884 viewers and 133,379 in the 18-to-49 age range. It was the only Monday night Big Four broadcast network attraction to draw more than half its audience from this advertiser motherlode.

Fox continued to have major problems with Minority Report, whose second episode was trampled in the 8 p.m. hour and had the smallest number of total viewers (63,742) among the Big Four. Minority Report also ranked dead last among 18-to-49-year-olds (25,406), although ABC’s new 9 p.m. episode of Castle barely fared better with 28,581.

In the cable universe, the suddenly slumping first-place Texas Rangers continued to make fans nervous with a home loss to the Detroit Tigers. The game averaged 155,813 total viewers on Fox Sports Southwest, with 50,811 in the 18-to-49 demographic. Over on ESPN, the Green Bay Packers’ dismantling of the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football drew respective totals of 240,802 and 130,204 viewers.

The late night wars continued to be controlled by Jimmy Fallon’s NBC Tonight Show while ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! moved into second place in both audience measurements ahead of Stephen Colbert’s CBS Late Show. The 18-to-49 numbers were especially dismal for Colbert. His show’s 6,351 viewers were less than one-seventh that of Fallon’s (47,636).

Here are Monday’s local news derby results.

NBC5 capitalized on Blindspot’s 9 p.m. lead-in largesse to win at 10 p.m. in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. competitions and TEGNA8 did likewise at 5 p.m. The 6 p.m. wins went to TEGNA8 in total viewers and NBC5 among 25-to-54-year-olds.

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