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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., Thurs., Sept. 20-21) -- America's Got Talent outdraws Big Brother in battle of summertime titans

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Let’s roll back to Wednesday first because Thursday wasn’t much in terms of ratings punch.

The two-hour season finales of NBC’s America’s Got Talent and CBS’ Big Brother went toe to toe from 7 to 9 p.m., with AGT emerging victorious.

NBC’s biggest summertime attraction drew 319,928 D-FW viewers and 89,799 in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49 age range. CBS’ hot weather pacesetter ran a distant second in total viewers (189,049) and in fact was beaten from 8 to 9 p.m. by Fox’s Masterchef season-ender (196,320 viewers). In the key 18-to-49 demographic, Big Brother drew much closer to AGT with 80,178 viewers while also whipping Masterchef (67,349).

NBC’s one-hour Season Two launch of The Good Place then faltered at 9 p.m. with 145,422 viewers and 51,314 in the 18-to-49 motherlode. The 9 p.m. winner, Fox4’s local news, had 189,049 total viewers and 54,521 within the 18-to-49 age range.

On Thursday, CBS’ 7 p.m. rerun of The Big Bang Theory led all prime-time attractions with 174,506 total viewers. In the 18-to-49 measurement, the NFL Network’s unexpectedly high-scoring Thursday Night Football matchup between the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers took the top spot with a relatively puny 54,521 viewers. That was well less than half the game’s average of 152,693 total viewers.

Here are the local news derby results.

Wednesday -- TEGNA8 won in total viewers at 10 p.m. while Fox4 had the most 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 again swept the 6 a.m. competitions and NBC5 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.

Thursday -- Fox4 and TEGNA8 tied for the most total viewers at 10 p.m., but Fox4 won easily with 25-to-54-year-olds.

Fox4 again ran the table at 6 a.m. and NBC5 repeated its 5 p.m. sweep. The Peacock and TEGNA8 shared the 6 p.m. lead in total viewers while NBC5 won outright with 25-to-54-year-olds.

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