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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., May 19) -- Dallas-made Good Guys off to good start while Idol rolls as usual

Wednesday's 7 p.m. sneak preview of Fox's The Good Guys rolled to a solid win in total viewers while dominating among advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds.

Nationally, though, the news wasn't as good for the made-in-Dallas, tongue-in-cheek cop series, starring Bradley Whitford and Colin Hanks as a mismatched detective team.

In D-FW, Good Guys drew 196,803 total viewers to win the 7 p.m. hour opposite CBS' I Get That a Lot (149,299 viewers), NBC's Minute to Win It (108,581 viewers) and ABC's two episodes of The Middle (54,290 viewers for a repeat and 101,795 for a new one).

Among 18-to-49-year-olds, Good Guys more than doubled the number for runner-up I Get That a Lot. The score was 123,941 to 48,924.

Good Guys' national ratings performance wasn't nearly as impressive, though. Its 5 million total viewers put it fourth in the 7 p.m. slot. And it tied with Minute to Win It for third place overall among 18-to-49-year-olds.

Good Guys will begin its official summer run on Monday, June 7th, with Fox also giving the show a fall berth at 8 p.m. Fridays. Whether all of this actually materializes remains to be seen. But Fox has made a substantial investment based on the quality of upcoming episodes, some of which it's seen -- and we haven't.

Wednesday's penultimate results edition of Idol, in which Casey James of Cool, TX reached the end of the road, drew 425,537 total viewers locally in again brushing aside CBS' Criminal Minds (278,238 viewers). CBS' CSI: NY then won the 9 p.m. hour. The two victors also ran first among 18-to-49-year-olds.

In local news derby results, CBS11 took advantage of its network's CSI: NY lead-in to pound arch rival WFAA8 for a second straight night in the the total viewer Nielsens. In fact, NBC5 took the runnerup spot, with WFAA8 well back in third.

The Peacock took the 10 p.m. gold among 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming. CBS11 ran a close second and WFAA8 edged Fox4 for the third spot.

NBC5 ran the table at 6 a.m., with a particularly big win among total viewers.

CBS11 topped the 6 p.m. Nielsens in total viewers while WFAA8 won at 5 p.m. in that measurement. But Fox4 again held serve with 25-to-54-year-olds, winning at both hours.


Through 15 weekdays of the 20-day sweeps, CBS11 has taken a paper-thin one-tenth of a point lead over WFAA8 in the total viewer Nielsens, with neither Fox4 or NBC5 a serious contender for the top spot.

But among 25-to-54-year-olds, it's still a three-way race, with CBS11 leading NBC5 by a tenth of a point and WFAA8 by two-tenths. Each full rating point equals 67,863 total viewers and 30,690 in the 25-to-54 age range.

At 6 a.m., NBC5 leads Fox4 in total viewers by one tenth of a point, with the two stations tied for first among 25-to-54-year-olds.

WFAA8 looks as though it will win by narrow margins in total viewers at 5 and 6 p.m.. But among 25-to-54-year-olds, it's looking good for Fox4 at both hours -- particularly at 6 p.m.