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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon., Sept. 18) -- DWTS edges MNF as top draw; former CBS11 meteorologist Lisa Villegas finds a new home

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The 25th(!) edition of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars (or non-stars if you prefer) premiered Monday night with just enough juice to edge ESPN’s Detroit Lions-New York Giants game as prime-time’s overall top draw.

DWTS drew 283,573 D-FW viewers while Monday Night Football came up just shy of a first down with an average of 276,302 viewers. During their 90 minutes opposite one another (7:30 to 9 p.m.), they tied with 290,844 viewers each before football wilted a bit down the stretch to dent the full-game rating.

As usual, though, MNF easily won the night with advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds, averaging 118,663. DWTS drew well less than half that crowd (51,314) in also running behind NBC’s competing two-hour American Ninja Warrior (67,349).

Excluding football, the 9 p.m. slot went to Fox4’s local newscast in both total viewers (159,964) and 18-to-49-year-olds (48,107).

Here are Monday’s local news derby results.

Fox4 and TEGNA8 tied for first in total viewers at 10 p.m., but Fox4 had the top spot to itself among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 also swept the 6 a.m. competitions. At 6 p.m., NBC5 and TEGNA8 shared the lead in total viewers while the Peacock won outright with 25-to-54-year-olds.

The 5 p.m. golds went to TEGNA8 in total viewers and NBC5 in the 25-to-54 measurement.

LOCAL TV NEWS NOTE: Former CBS11 weekend and fill-in meteorologist Lisa Villegas will be mapping out a new future at Tucson, Arizona’s KOLD-TV, the market’s CBS affiliate. Her start date is Oct. 9th. The news was first reported by the national industry trade site FTVLive, which obtained an internal memo from station management.

As previously reported on unclebarky.com, Villegas was let go by CBS11 in March of this year.

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