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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., Sept. 30) -- three ABC newcomers are all slow on the draw

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The new ABC sitcoms Selfie and Manhattan Love Story joined the network’s Forever Tuesday night. All are more than a little weak downstairs.

Forever continued its losing ways in the 9 p.m. hour, running fourth in both total D-FW viewers and advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds opposite NBC, CBS and Fox4’s local newscast.

The 7 to 8 p.m. premieres of Selfie and Manhattan Love Story placed third in total viewers, edging Fox’s languishing Utopia. In the key 18-to-49 demographic, the two comedies fell behind Utopia but nipped CBS’ competing NCIS, which otherwise easily won its time slot in total viewers with a Tuesday night leading 453,310. But NCIS skews really old -- north of Forest Lawn in fact. Its haul of 18-to-49-year-olds -- 40,999 -- was less than 10 percent of its total audience.

CBS’ new NCIS: New Orleans also won its 8 p.m. slot in total viewers, holding off the second hour of NBC’s The Voice. But the Peacock easily took the hour with 18-to-49-year-olds.

The 9 p.m. winner in total viewers, NBC’s Chicago Fire, finished just a hair ahead of CBS’ Person of Interest. Chicago Fire doubled Person of Interest’s 18-to-49-year-old viewership.

Fox continued to badly falter, particularly with its 8:30 p.m. episode of The Mindy Project. It drew a scant 27,896 total viewers, with just 9,461 in the 18-to-49 motherlode. Fox4’s local news, then pole-vaulted to 160,402 total viewers, with 63,076 in the 18-to-49 range. It’s not unusual for Fox4’s news to greatly improve on its meager Fox network lead-in, although the ebola virus-fueled breaking news in D-FW couldn’t have hurt from a ratings standpoint.

KERA13’s 8 p.m. Texas gubernatorial debate between Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis had 48,818 total viewers, with 12,615 in the 18-to-49 age range.

Here are Tuesday’s four-way local news derby results.

NBC5 drew the most total viewers at 10 p.m. and tied Fox4 for the lead among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. competitions while NBC5 ran the table at 5 p.m. The two stations tied for the most total viewers at 6 p.m.; Fox4 won outright with 25-to-54-year-olds.

PROGRAMMING NOTE: The new locally produced DFW Outdoorsman premieres Saturday, Oct. 4th on CBS11/TXA21. It’s hosted by former Dallas Cowboy Marcus Spears, who perhaps might even go spear-fishing at some point.

For now, though, he’s slated to take weekly celebrity guests on “an outdoor adventure in North Texas, from bow fishing at Lake Ray Roberts to dove hunting near Decatur.”

DFW Outdoorsman will air on Saturdays at 10 p.m. on TXA21 and on the same day at 5:30 a.m. on CBS11. TXA21 also will carry the show on Sundays at 10 a.m.

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