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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon., Sept. 22) -- CBS/NBC set pace on first night of new fall season

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The most competitive night of the TV season kicked off Monday with new programming across the board and only one big miss among three series premieres on the Big Four broadcast networks. That would be ABC’s new Forever.

Here’s the hour-by-hour D-FW breakdown on opening night, with ESPN’s Monday Night Football (Bears vs. Jets) and TNT’s two-hour season finale of Dallas also included among all the first-timers and returning series premieres on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox. Shows are listed in order of their ratings strength.

7 to 8 p.m.

Total Viewers
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) -- 447,382
The Big Bang Theory (7:30 p.m.) -- 397,673
The Voice (NBC/first hour) -- 426,079
Dancing with the Stars (ABC/first hour) -- 248,546
Gotham (Fox) -- 234,343
Monday Night Football (ESPN/first half-hour) -- 220,140

The Voice -- 192,145
The Big Bang Theory -- 188,889
The Big Bang Theory -- (7:30 p.m.) -- 169,348
Monday Night Football -- 120,498
Gotham -- 91,188
Dancing with the Stars -- 61,877

8 to 9 p.m.

Total Viewers
The Voice (second hour) -- 411,875
Monday Night Football -- 326,660
Scorpion (CBS) -- 298,255
Dancing with the Stars (second hour) -- 255,647
Dallas (TNT/first hour) -- 142,026
Sleepy Hollow (Fox) -- 120,722

The Voice -- 185,632
Monday Night Football -- 172,605
Scorpion/Sleepy Hollow -- 84,674 apiece
Dancing with the Stars/Dallas -- 78,161 apiece

9 to 10 p.m.

Total Viewers
The Blacklist (NBC) -- 347,964
Under the Dome Season finale (CBS) -- 291,153
Monday Night Football -- 269,849
Fox4 local news -- 149,127
Forever (ABC) -- 142,026
Dallas -- 113,621

Monday Night Football -- 153,065
Under the Dome -- 127,011
The Blacklist -- 120,498
Fox4 local news -- 81,418
Forever -- 58,621
Dallas -- 55,364

Gotham, Fox’s biggest new bet of the fall season, went into the toughest opening night competition it will ever face. That’s because CBS loaded up with two new episodes of its temporarily transplanted Big Bang Theory, which will return to Thursdays after CBS’ half-season menu of NFL football.

Under the circumstances Gotham fared reasonably well and may get the biggest DVR playback viewership of any Monday night attraction. It also presumably will have an easier time of it next Monday when CBS goes with Mom at 7:30 p.m.

On the other hand, ABC’s Forever won’t have it any easier when NCIS: Los Angeles takes Under the Dome’s place next Monday.

Finally, here are Monday’s local news derby results.

Gannett8 impressively overcame a weak Forever lead-in to narrowly win at 10 p.m. in total viewers and tie Fox4 for the top spot among 25-to-54-year-olds (the main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. competitions while adding a 6 p.m. first in the 25-to-54-year-old demographic. It was a three-way tie for first in total viewers at 6 p.m. among Fox4, NBC5 and CBS11.

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