03/27/15 09:32 AMCBS didn’t run up any big scores with its pair of NCAA basketball tournament games Thursday night. Nor did the network shoot air balls.The return of Fox’s Bones and ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy shared the 7 to 8 p.m. lead with 195,272 D-FW viewers apiece while that portion of the Notre Dame-Wichita State game (which included halftime) came in third with 167,376 viewers. Hoops moved up to a first-place tie among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, though, with Bones slipping to third.ABC’s Scandal won the 8 p.m. hour with 167,376 total viewers, edging NBC’s competing The Blacklist (160,402 viewers). CBS fell to third with a combination of the closing minutes of Notre Dame-Wichita State, a post/pre-game show and the early minutes of Kentucky-Wichita State. But CBS rallied to nip Scandal and win the hour among 18-to-49-year-olds.The 9 to 10 p.m. slot went to CBS in both ratings measurements, with Fox4’s local newscast a solid second in total viewers but a distant runner-up among 18-to-49-year-olds. ABC’s fourth episode of the critically acclaimed American Crime ran third at 9 p.m. in both ratings measurements. Over on TBS, the two NCAA match ups -- Wisconsin-North Carolina and Arizona-Xavier -- both drew less than half the audience for the CBS games. Here are Thursday’s local news derby results, with CBS11’s 6 and 10 p.m. editions either rubbed out or delayed by basketball.Gannett8 topped the reduced 10 p.m. field in total viewers while Fox4 ran first with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. competitions and NBC5 did likewise at 5 p.m. The 6 p.m. golds went to NBC5 in total viewers (by a paper-thin margin over Gannett8) and Fox4 among 25-to-54-year-olds.
03/26/15 09:36 AM@unclebarkycom on TwitterEmpire-less for the first Wednesday since Jan. 7th, Fox remained in control of the night with two hours of American IdolCapped by the vote-offs of two more contestants, Idol commanded the 7 to 9 p.m. slot with 306,856 D-FW viewers before Fox4’s local 9 p.m. newscast likewise ran first by keeping Idol’s entire audience tuned in.Idol and the news also breezed with advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, drawing respective totals of 100,922 and 119,844 viewers. The news nearly tripled the 18-to-49 numbers for runners-up Chicago P.D. on NBC and CSI: Cyber on CBS. Extensive coverage of the tornado strike in Oklahoma no doubt punched up the numbers in both Nielsen measurements.In the Big Four broadcast network arena, ABC’s 9 p.m. Nashville: On the Record 2 easily had the smallest prime-time haul of 18-to-49-year-olds. Just 9,461 tuned in. Here are Wednesday’s local news derby results.Gannett8 overcame ABC’s lousy 9 p.m. lead-in to draw the most total viewers at 10 p.m. But Fox4 dominated among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).Fox4 also swept the 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. competitions while adding a 6 p.m. win in the 25-to-54 demographic. CBS11 had the most total viewers at 6 p.m.Also notable at 6 a.m.: Gannett8 ended its unprecedented streak of eight consecutive last-place finishes among 25-to-54-year-olds. The station ran third ahead of CBS11 and slightly behind NBC5.
03/25/15 05:20 PMAll four of the big-time broadcast networks went wall-to-wall with new episodes Tuesday night. CBS won from start to stop in total viewers while also getting one leg up with advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds.NCIS led off with a narrow win over NBC’s competing . The score was 341,726 total viewers to 313,830.CBS’ NCIS: New Orleans then routed the competition at 8 p.m. with 306,856 viewers before the network’s Person of Interest held off Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast -- 174,350 viewers to 160,402.Among 18-to-49-year-olds, the winners were The Voice, NCIS: New Orleans and Fox4’s news.The second episode of NBC’s One Big Happy, which aired at 8:30 p.m., edged the second half-hour of ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in total viewers. But Big Happy ran a grim-faced distant fourth in its time slot among viewers in the 18-to-49 range.Here are Tuesday’s local news derby results.Fox4, Gannett8 and CBS11 tied for the most total viewers at 10 p.m. but Fox4 had the top spot to itself with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. competitions while Gannett8’s latter day demographic woes continued. The station ran fourth for the eighth straight weekday among 25-to-54-year-olds. Day in, day out, that used to be where CBS11 wound up.CBS11 ran first in total viewers at 6 p.m., but Gannett8 had the edge with 25-to-54-year-olds. NBC5 joined in the victory spoils by running the table at 5 p.m.
Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Mon., March 20-23) -- raising the Dead while The Voice again tunes out Dancing03/24/15 09:02 AMLet’s skip past Monday for a sec and go to Sunday, where AMC’s The Walking Dead is mashing the Big Four Broadcast networks in a way that no cable series ever has.Its latest 8 p.m. episode drew 418,440 D-FW viewers, easily beating all other TV attractions on any network at any time. But the bigger news is still Walking Dead’s amazing appeal among advertiser-craved 18-to-49-year-olds. It had 290,150 viewers in that realm, falling just shy of the 299,611 who watched last Wednesday’s season-ending hour of Empire on Fox. Walking Dead otherwise beat Empire’s second-to-last 7 p.m. episode, which drew 277,534 viewers in the 18-to-49 age range.Sunday’s next biggest draw in total viewers, CBS’ Madam Secretary, had 251,064. Fox’s first of two The Last Man on Earth episodes was the runner-up among 18-to-49-year-olds with 81,999. That’s well less than one-third of Walking Dead’s total.In Sunday afternoon’s sports matchups, CBS’ Duke-San Diego State NCAA tourney game had 146,454 total viewers before the following Wichita State-Kansas face-off drew 188,298. Fox’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race, which aired opposite both games, averaged 181,324 viewers. Monday’s prime-time Nielsens again made NBC’s 7 to 9 p.m. edition of The Voice the No. 1 overall show with 362,648 total viewers. ABC’s competing Dancing with the Stars ran second with 258,038.The Voice also ruled the 18-to-49 domain with 110,383 viewers. CBS’ 2 Broke GirlsScorpion topped DWTS, which took the No. 2 spot from 7:30 to 8 p.m. by outdrawing CBS’ Mike & MollyOn Saturday, CBS had the most-watched NCAA tourney game among for televising networks with its afternoon Kentucky-Cincinnati matchup (195,272 total viewers).Friday’s hoops cavalcade was paced by CBS’ Duke-Robert Morris mismatch (90,662 total viewers). In comparison, the prime-time leader in total viewers, ABC’s Shark Tank, drew 195,272.
Here are the local news derby results, with CBS11’s 6 and 10 p.m. Friday editions pre-empted by basketball.
Friday -- NBC5 won at 10 p.m. in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).
Gannett8 had the most total viewers at 6 a.m. while Fox4 nipped CBS11 for the 25-to-54 win.
The Peacock ran the table at 5 p.m. and also tied Fox4 for the top spot at 6 p.m. among 25-to-54-year-olds. Gannett8 had the most total viewers at 6 p.m.
Monday -- Gannett8 ran strong at 10 p.m. with twin wins while Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. competitions and NBC5 again ran the table at 5 p.m.
The 6 p.m. winners were CBS11 in total viewers and Gannett8 in the 25-to-54 demographic.
Gannett8 continued to see the bottom drop out at 6 a.m. in the moneymaking 25-to-54 measurement. The station now has run last for seven consecutive weekdays. Monday’s numbers were particularly dismal, with Gannett8 drawing just 11,854 viewers in the 25-to-54 age range. No longer a doormat, CBS11 more than doubled that total with 26,671 viewers to finish second behind Fox4.
All of this has happened since CBS11 switched veteran P.M. anchor Karen Borta to the morning shift. But the station also is making unprecedented headway among 25-to-54-year-olds with what’s still being billed as an interim team of co-news anchor Jason Allen and traffic reporter Tammy Dombeck. Meteorologist Scott Padgett, the dean of the four early morning principals, joined the station in September of 2013.
CBS11 has interviewed numerous potential replacements for both Allen and Dombeck, but without making a move yet. The 25-to-54 numbers lately indicate that perhaps CBS11 already has the right team in place, with no further need of change for the sake of change.
03/20/15 10:26 AMAmerican Idol is no Empire -- at least not anymore.Fox still has a valuable property, though. On a day jammed with opening day NCAA hoops tournament action, Idol’s latest two-hour edition ranked as Thursday’s overall top draw with 278,960 D-FW viewers. Fox4’s following local newscast then won its 9 p.m. slot with 244,090 viewers.Among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, Idol won from 7 to 8 p.m. before tying NBC’s Blacklist for the top spot in the 8 p.m. hour. Fox4’s news was then nipped by the 9 to 10 p.m. portion of CBS’ Kentucky-Hampton game. All five Texas teams were bounced from the tourney in a single day. Ratings for the SMU-UCLA and Stephen F. Austin-Utah games, both exiled to little truTV, were not immediately available. Here’s how the three other matchups played out in the Nielsen numbers game. All were in daytime hours.Texas-Butler on CBS -- 104,610 total viewersBaylor-Georgia State on TBS -- 41,844 Texas Southern-Arizona on TNT -- 6,974The most-watched game of the day, CBS’ nighttime telecast of Cincinnati-Purdue (which went to overtime), drew 132,506 viewers.Also in prime-time, the third episode of ABC’s acclaimed American Crime series ranked second at 9 p.m. with 160,402 total viewers. It dropped a notch to third with 18-to-49-year-olds, with NBC’s The Slap ranking last at 9 p.m. in both ratings measurements.Here are Thursday’s local news derby results, with CBS11’s 6 and 10 p.m. editions rubbed out by basketball.Gannett8 topped the downsized 10 p.m. competitions in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).Fox4 rang up another pair of 6 a.m. wins, with an especially dominant showing among 25-to-54-year-olds. The station had 68,158 viewers in this key demographic, more than the combined total for NBC5, CBS11 and Gannett8, which continued to slump with its fifth straight fourth-place finish. Gannett8 had the most total viewers in the three-way 6 p.m. race, while Fox4 took the 25-to-54 gold. At 5 p.m. NBC5 ran first in total viewers, with Fox4 and Gannett8 tying for the top spot among 25-to-54-year-olds.
Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., March 18) -- half a milion viewers+ for two-hour Empire finale03/19/15 09:53 AMThe ratings rocket ship known as Fox’s Empire went through the roof Wednesday with a two-hour season finale that featured both a Dynasty-esque cat fight and enough other over the top moments to make even Dallas seem sedate.Hour One, from 7 to 8 p.m., amassed 530,024 D-FW viewers, the show’s biggest haul of the season. Hour Two then exceeded that mark with 599,764 viewers.Empire likewise was off the charts with advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, drawing 277,534 in the 7 p.m. hour and then 299,611. In the weekly series realm, those totals have been approached this season only by AMC’s The Walking DeadFox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast then happily mopped up with time slot winning totals of 292,908 viewers overall and 138,767 in the 18-to-49 demographic.On rival networks, CBS’ Survivor was the biggest also-ran with 216,194 total viewers from 7 to 9 p.m. It had 78,845 in the 18-to-49 age range.ABC’s 9 p.m. special, The Untold Story of The Sound of Music with Diane Sawyer and Julie Andrews, tied CBS’ CSI: Cyber for second place at that hour in total viewers (181,324 each). CSI: Cyber had the silver medal to itself among 18-to-49-year-olds, with 66,230.In late night, Jimmy Kimmel’s third show from Austin knocked off rivals Jimmy Fallon and David Letterman for the third straight night in total viewers and 18-to-49-year-olds. But the gaps have been narrower for the past two nights, particularly among 18-to-49-year-olds. And Fox4’s 10:30 to 11:30 p.m. combo of Modern Family reruns and TMZ beat all three talk shows in both measurements on both Tuesday and Wednesday. Here are Wednesday’s local news derby results.Gannett8 had the most total viewers at 10 p.m. while Fox4 finished narrowly on top with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).Fox4 notched another pair of wins at 6 a.m., where Gannett8 remains in a deepening ditch among 25-to-54-year-olds while CBS11 continues to do better. On Wednesday, Gannett8 dropped to fourth place in this key demographic while CBS11 ran second. Gannett8 ran first at 6 p.m. in total viewers, but Fox4 took the 25-to-54 gold. At 5 p.m., NBC5 and Gannett8 shared the total viewers lead and Gannett8 had the top spot to itself with 25-to-54-year-olds.
03/18/15 11:29 AM@unclebarkycom no TwitterAgain paced by The Voice, NBC had more luck o’ the Irish than its foes Tuesday night.The Voice ruled the 7 p.m. hour with 376,596 D-FW viewers and 122,998 within the advertiser-craved 18-to-49-year-old motherlode. It helps, though, when CBS’ NCIS is in reruns, as were the network’s other Tuesday night entries, NCIS: New OrleansPerson of InterestThe Peacock’s Season 2 premiere of Undateable then fell to 167,376 viewers, with 78,845 in the 18-to-49 age range. Even so, only NCIS: New Orleans had more total viewers (258,038) while Undateable easily beat all competing programs in the key 18-to-49 demographic.NBC’s following premiere of One Big Happy slipped further to 118,558 total viewers and 59,922 in the 18-to-49 bracket. Again, though, only NCIS: New Orleans outdrew the new sitcom in either of the two major ratings food groups.At 9 p.m., NBC’s Chicago Hope and Fox4’s local newscast tied for the most total viewers with 174,350. The news narrowly put out the Fire among 18-to-49-year-olds.The CW launched its newiZombie series in the 8 p.m. hour. It ran fifth in total viewers with just 41,844. But a high percentage of them -- 31,538 -- were 18-to-49-year-olds. So that’s not an overall bad showing.ABC sandwiched a new 8 p.m. episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. between reruns. It fell on its shield with a third place finish in total viewers (111,584) while beating only Fox’s New Girl rerun (among the Big Four broadcast networks) in the key 18-to-49 measurement. Here are Tuesday’s local news derby results.Gannett8 won the 10 p.m. competitions in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming. The station also ran the table at 5 p.m. while CBS11 did likewise at 6 p.m.It was another sweep at 6 a.m., with Fox4 claiming both golds. Gannett8’s Daybreak, touted as “The Official Show of Morning People” in an ongoing heavy promotional campaign, continued to run aground in the key 25-to-54 demographic. So much so that CBS11 again claimed third place while Gannett8 slipped to fourth after a solid second place finish in total viewers. CBS11 has outdrawn Gannett8 among 25-to-54-year-olds on four of the last five weekdays. And in the other case, the two stations tied.NBC5 also has hit a rut -- in both ratings measurements. And although Fox4 continues to be the station to beat, its 6 a.m. viewer totals also have been slip-sliding lately. It’ll all bear watching when the May “sweeps” hit the runway. For now at least, CBS11 finds itself in the very unaccustomed position of finishing out of the cellar among 25-to-54-year-olds after coming close to beating Gannett8 in the February sweeps.
. “It never had the promotional money to help it find an audience in a very competitive morning news/information market like Dallas.”
03/17/15 01:19 PMABC’s 20th edition of Dancing with the Stars couldn’t keep up with NBC’s but otherwise managed to stay in step Monday night.The latest 7 to 9 p.m. premiere drew 271,986 D-FW viewers to trail (327,778) but outpoint everything else in its time slot.Among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, The Voice easily led the way with 100,922 viewers while the 53,615 for DWTS beat everything else except CBS’ 7:30 p.m. episode of Mike & Molly (75,691). Asterisks: CBS aired reruns from 8 to 10 p.m. -- Scorpion, NCIS: Los Angeles -- and Fox did likewise at 7 p.m. with Gotham.ABC’s new episode of Castle took the 9 p.m. hour in total viewers with 223,168, but Fox4’s local newscast won with 18-to-49-year-olds (75,691).Over on AMC, a new 9 p.m. episode of Better Call Saul struggled with 69,740 total viewers and 44,153 in the 18-to-49 realm. Even so, the 18-to-49 haul was strong enough to beat both NBC’s competing new Night Shift episode (37,846) and the NCIS: Los Angeles repeat (28,384).In late night, ABC’s first of five Jimmy Kimmel Live shows from Austin spanked Jimmy Fallon’s NBC Tonight Show in both total viewers -- 146,454 to 76,714 -- and 18-to-49-year-olds -- 53,615 to 31,538. Both Fallon and the lagging David Letterman had new shows, not reruns. Here are Monday’s local news derby results.Gannett8 rolled to dominating 10 p.m. wins in total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).Fox4 ran the table at 6 a.m. while former pushover CBS11 again rose above Gannett8 to take the No. 3 spot with 25-to-54-year-olds. Gannett8 had the most total viewers at 6 p.m. and tied with Fox4 for first place in the 25-to-54 demographic.NBC5 and Gannett8 shared the 5 p.m. gold in total viewers while Gannetti was alone in first with 25-to-54-year-olds.
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Original leading ladies of The Broadcast: From left: Lisa Pineiro, Pat Smith, Suzie Humphreys and Courtney Kerr. Only Pineiro remained for Friday’s last broadcast on KTXD-TV (Ch. 47). Photo: Ed BarkAfter a little more than two years as a mid-morning, locally produced alternative to Gannett8’s longrunning , KTXD-TV’s (Ch. 47) The Broadcast breathed its last with Friday’s one-hour show.Originally launched in partnership with D Magazine on Feb. 18, 2013, the program never found anything close to a sizable audience in D-FW but did serve as a friendly watering hole for area merchants pitching their products. still provides that service, via a pay-per-view, mini-infomercial system in which several guests per day buy five-minute spots.The Broadcast at its height ran from 9 to 11 a.m. daily and was repeated in the afternoons. It later was downsized to a 10 to 11 a.m. weekday slot. The original hosts were former CBS11 morning anchor Lisa Pineiro, veteran radio/TV personality Suzie Humphreys, Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith’s wife, Pat Smith, and reality TV personality Courtney Kerr, best known for her stint on Bravo’s short-lived Most Eligible Dallas, in which she was cast as a high-maintenance handful with she-devil tendencies. Only Pineiro remained with the program for its duration.Former London Broadcasting chief operations officer Phil Hurley, who birthed both The BroadcastThe Texas Daily while running KTXD, said Monday that he hoped the station’s laid-off employees “quickly find another opportunity. They’re good people that worked hard.”Hurley, who remains in Dallas in a new position with Gannett, Inc. (owner of WFAA-TV), said it was “probably time to shelve” The Broadcast. “It never had the promotional money to help it find an audience in a very competitive morning news/information market like Dallas.A repeat of The Broadcast aired Monday morning. There’s no word yet on what will replace it. Rumors are that other locally produced KTXD programs also are being dropped as part of the station’s latest makeover. The Texas Daily, which gathered a wealth of earlier prominent newscast stars in hopes of appealing to an older baby-boomer audience, was canceled a year ago03/16/15 09:43 AMOld-line Big 4 broadcast network execs can only shudder when reading the latest ratings results on the historically heaviest TV viewing night of the week.AMC’s new 8 p.m. Sunday episode of ranked as kingpin again, rolling up 313,830 D-FW viewers and a competition-crushing 214,458 in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old demographic.The next biggest attraction among 18-to-49-year-olds, Fox’s , was in a distant rear view mirror with 72,537.OK, but there’s this, too. AMC’s Talking Dead, the 9 p.m. rehash of , tied Family Guy for Sunday’s runner-up spot in the 18-to-49 age range. And in total viewers, Talking Dead outdrew the likes of ABC’s RevengeOnce Upon a Time and Fox’s entire 6 to 9 p.m. network lineup, including Brooklyn Nine-Nine and , in which a newly clean-shaven Will Forte now has two women in his mix (including a new, beauteous character played by Mad Men’s January Jones), is showing signs of falling out of favor. Sunday’s 8:30 p.m. episode ran fourth among the Big 4 broadcast nets with just 62,766 total viewers. It was the same story among 18-to-49-year-olds.In contrast, CBS’ 9 p.m. episode of the new won its time slot in total viewers (216,194) while running a close third in the Big 4 net universe behind NBC’s second hour of Dateline and Fox4’s local newscast.The other Sunday night newbie, ABC’s , placed second at 8 p.m. in total viewers (125,532) among the Big 4 broadcasters and beat everything except the competing Family Guy in the 18-to-49 realm.Earlier Sunday, CBS’ 5 to 6 p.m. NCAA basketball tourney selection show drew 104,610 total viewers to trail competition from network and local newscasts on both NBC5 and Gannett8. It moved up a notch with 18-to-49-year-olds, running behind only ABC/Gannett8.SMU’s conference tournament win over UConn, shown from mid-to-late afternoon on ESPN, averaged 83,688 total viewers and 37,846 in the 18-to-49 age range. Fox’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race was the overall time slot winner.Friday’s prime-time toppers were CBS’ in total viewers (251,064) and the network’s The Amazing Race in the 18-to-49 demographic (59,922).NBC5 and CBS11 tied for the most total viewers at 10 p.m. while the Peacock had first place to itself among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. races, but barely held off CBS11 with 25-to-54-year-olds. Long dormant at the waker upper hours, CBS11 lately has competitive with both NBC5 and Gannett8 in the key 25-to-54 age range. This pretty much coincides with the station’s move of Karen Borta from nearly 20 years of P.M. anchoring to the 4:30 to 7 a.m. shift.CBS11 led in total viewers at both 5 and p.m.; Fox4 had the most 25-to-54-year-olds at 5 p.m. and tied Gannett8 for the top spot at 6 p.m.