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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues.-Thurs., Jan. 24-26) -- ABC returns strong with Grey's and company

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ABC has its own NCIS-like evergreen -- at least in D-FW -- with Grey’s Anatomy.

The resilient hospital drama, now in its 13th season, resumed with new episodes Thursday and led all prime-time programming with 247,217 viewers. The network’s Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder, also back with fresh hours, likewise won their time slots.

Better yet for ABC, all three serial soaps likewise ruled with advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds. Grey’s again led all prime-time attractions with 134,698 viewers in this key demographic.

The CW’s 8 p.m. premiere of Riverdale, a decidedly “adult” version of the Archie comic book series, ran second in its time slot among 18-to-49-year-olds with 28,864 viewers. It didn’t hurt either ABC or The CW that CBS and NBC both offered repeats at that hour while Fox had a first-run episode of My Kitchen Rules.

On Wednesday, it was Fox’s turn to dominate prime-time with Lethal Weapon (the most-watched show in total viewers with 254,489) and Star, which led all programming in the 18-to-49 measurement. Star also won the 8 p.m. slot in total viewers and Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast then was No. 1 across the board. Lethal Weapon faltered among 18-to-49-year-olds, losing to the first hour of CBS’ new Hunted, which then sagged in its second hour.

The aforementioned NCIS was Tuesday’s top prime-time scorer in total viewers with 356,284 before the network’s Bull and NCIS: New Orleans took the 8 to 10 p.m. hours in that realm.

NBC’s 8 p.m. episode of This Is Us again topped all programing in the 18-to-49 age range with 131,491. NCIS: New Orleans also won at 9 p.m. in this measurement while the first half of NCIS and Fox’s The Mick split the golds from 7 to 8 p.m.

Here are the Tuesday through Thursday local news derby results.

Tuesday -- NBC5 won at 10 p.m. in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

The Peacock likewise swept the 6 a.m. competitions while TEGNA8 drew the most total viewers at 5 and 6 p.m. The 25-to-54 firsts at those hours went to NBC5 at 5 p.m. and Fox4 at 6 p.m.

Wednesday -- TEGNA8 ran first at 10 p.m. in total viewers and tied Fox4 and NBC5 for the top spot with 25-to-54-year-olds.

Fox4 had twin wins at 6 a.m. CBS11 broke through for a 6 p.m. victory in total viewers, but NBC5 took the 25-to-54 gold. At 5 p.m., NBC5, TEGNA8 and CBS11 tied for the most total viewers while the Peacock was alone in first with 25-to-54-year-olds.

Thursday -- TEGNA8 swept the 10 p.m. competitions and NBC5 did likewise at 6 a.m. The 6 p.m. winners were TEGNA8 in total viewers and NBC5 in the 25-to-54 realm. The Peacock also crowed with 25-to-54-year-olds at 5 p.m. while tying Fox4 for first place in total viewers.

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