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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., April 30) -- another NCIS cakewalk

Winding down its 10th season, one of the most phenomenal scripted series success stories in TV history just keeps on giving to CBS.

At an age when most dramas or comedies have greatly depleted ratings, NCIS seems to only be getting stronger. Tuesday’s new 7 p.m. episode racked up 495,662 D-FW viewers in wiping out the first hour of NBC’s The Voice (289,136 viewers).

The Voice still prevailed with advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, but NCIS also carved out a nice chunk of ‘em. A show that used to skew north of Forest Lawn has also developed a sizable fan base of younger viewers in recent seasons.

CBS likewise won the 8 p.m. hour in total viewers with NCIS: Los Angeles (337,326) before the 9 to 10 p.m. portion of the Texas Rangers-White Sox game ran first with 220,294 viewers on Fox Sports Southwest. The 18-to-49 golds in those time slots went to the second hour of The Voice and the Rangers.

NBC’s first Tuesday 9 p.m. episode of Grimm, replacing the second hour of the canceled Ready For Love, ran fourth among the Big 4 broadcast networks in both ratings measurements. On ABC at that hour, Diane Sawyer’s ballyhooed interview with Amanda Knox placed second among the Big 4 in both total viewers and 18-to-49-year-olds.

In the “hashmarks” realm (no measurable audience), D magazine’s 9 to 11 a.m. D: The Broadcast on Ch. 47 and the 9 p.m. Nightcap newscast on CW33 came up empty on both counts. As did Ch. 47’s live 6 p.m. edition of The Texas Daily in the total viewer and 18-to-49 Nielsens.

Here are the four-way local news derby results for the fourth weekday of the May “sweeps” ratings period.

WFAA8 and CBS11 tied for the most total viewers at 10 p.m., but WFAA8 won comfortably among 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

Fox4 rolled to another pair of twin wins at 6 a.m. and added a 5 p.m. win with 25-to-54-year-olds. NBC5 had the most total viewers at 5 p.m.

The 6 p.m. firsts were split between CBS11 in total viewers and WFAA8 in the 25-to-54 demographic.

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