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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon., Jan. 14) -- a portal for The Passage; Brandon Todd gets permanent slot on Fox4's early hours of Good Day

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The heavily promoted premiere of Fox’s The Passage opened big Monday, ranking as the night’s No. 1 attraction in D-FW among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds while running second in total viewers to NBC’s America’s Got Talent: The Champions.

The sci-fi series’ 81,518 viewers in the 18-to-49 age range tripled the lead-in from Fox’s 7 p.m. The Resident (27,173 viewers) while also holding off formidable competition from the second hours of AGT: The Champions (69,442) and ABC’s The Bachelor (51,326). CBS’ 8 p.m. offering, the Magnum, P.I. reboot, ran a distant last among the Big Four broadcast networks with just 18,115 viewers in this key demographic.

The full two hours of AGT: The Champions drew the most total viewers (274,143), with The Passage finishing second from 8 to 9 p.m. with 203,850. CBS’ Bull comfortably won the 9 p.m. hour in total viewers (253,055), with Fox4’s competing local newscast running No. 1 among 18-to-49ers (57,365).

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

CBS11 won at 10 p.m. in total viewers for the third straight weekday while Fox4 again topped the 25-to-54-year-old Nielsens (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. competitions, again by wide margins. At 6 p.m., CBS11 drew the most total viewers and Fox4 had the edge with 25-to-54-year-olds. NBC5 ran first in total viewers at 5 p.m. and shared the 25-to-54 lead with Fox4.

LOCAL TV NEWS NOTE: As tweeted early this morning on @unclebarkycom, Fox4 has named veteran reporter Brandon Todd to be the permanent co-anchor of the station’s 4 to 6 a.m. portions of weekday Good Day. He joins incumbent Hanna Battah after earlier filling in on- and off-. Todd will stick around to report from 6 to 10 a.m., when anchors Tim Ryan and Lauren Przybyl take over.

Todd joined Fox4 in November of 1998 from WFTX-TV in Fort Myers, FL. He’s a Bachelor of Arts graduate of Ball State University.

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