02/10/16 02:26 PMCBS’ usual Tuesday lead-off hitter, the redoubtable NCIS, again led all prime-time programming while Fox and NBC also had their moments.The Tom Harmon-led crime drama drew 410,779 D-FW viewers before the network’s NCIS: New Orleans dipped significantly but still easily took the 8 p.m. hour with 276,214 viewers. and Fox4’s local newscasts shared the 9 p.m. lead with 169,978 viewers apiece.NCIS also led at 7 p.m. with advertiser-craved 18-to-49-year-olds (79,393) before Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine (76,217) and The Grinder (53,987) ran first from 8 to 9 p.m. Fox4’s news then had enough juice to win the 9 p.m. hour with 38,108 viewers in this key demographic.ABC continued to crater at 8 p.m. with , which had 42,494 total viewers and a sub-pitiful 6,351 in the 18-to-49 age range. Even The CW’s competing iZombie pounded Agent Carter among 18-to-49-year-olds, drawing 19,054 of ‘em.Meanwhile, the three 24-hour cable news outlets battled for viewers on the night of the New Hampshire presidential primary. Fox News Channel won throughout prime-time, peaking at 141,648 total viewers between 8 and 9 p.m. FNC also had the night’s highest score among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming), pulling in 35,716 during the 8 p.m. hour. CNN ran second for the night and MSNBC, third.Here are the local news derby results for the fourth weekday of the February “sweeps” ratings period.NBC5 drew the most total viewers at 10 p.m. and tied TEGNA8 for first place among 25-to-54-year-olds.Fox4 again swept the 6 a.m. races while the 6 p.m. golds were won by CBS11 in total viewers and TEGNA8 in the 25-to-54 age range.At 5 p.m., NBC5 had the most total viewers but TEGNA8 and CBS11 shared the lead with 25-to-54-year-olds.
02/09/16 12:14 PMABC’s The Bachelor and CBS’ trio of dramas split the prime-time spoils Monday.In the 7 to 9 p.m. slot, The Bachelor won the first hour in total D-FW viewers, edging CBS’ competing and increasingly formidable Supergirl by a score of 240,802 to 226,637. CBS’ Scorpion (318,708 viewers) and NCIS: Los Angeles (290,378) then controlled the 8 to 10 p.m. hours.Among advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds, The Bachelor won from start to stop with an average of 88,920 viewers. At 9 p.m., NCIS (57,163) nipped NBC’s second hour of The Biggest Loser (53,987).Fox’s 7 p.m. fourth episode of The X-Files, with two now left to go, lagged in third place in total viewers (191,225) but moved up to second place with 18-to-49-year-olds (63,514). But the network’s followup act, Lucifer, fell to fourth place in both ratings measurements among the Big Four broadcast networks.Here are the local news derby results for the third weekday of the February “sweeps” ratings period.CBS11 had the most total viewers at 10 p.m., but Fox4 was tops with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).Fox4 also as usual swept the 6 a.m. competitions while NBC5 stayed strong at 5 p.m. with twin wins.
CBS11 topped the 6 p.m. race in total viewers and tied NBC5 for first place with 25-to-54-year-olds.
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Denver’s D dominated all day in Super Bowl 50. Photo: Ed BarkAbsent any high-flying offensive fireworks, Sunday’s landmark Super Bowl 50 dipped in the D-FW ratings compared to last year’s down-to-the-wire thriller between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks.The Denver Broncos’ defense called the tune in a 24-10 throttling of the favored Carolina Panthers. Running from 5:39 to 9:22 p.m. on CBS, the game averaged 2,443,428 viewers, down from the 2,740,782 for Patriots-Seahawks on NBC. Broncos’ defender Von Miller was the game’s MVP, with both Peyton Manning and Cam Newton struggling all day to move their teams. Neither QB had a touchdown pass, and Denver’s first TD was scored by the defense.The Broncos and Panthers hit their peak audience early on, with a high of 2,620,488 between 7:15 and 7:30 p.m. That also fell well short of New England and Seattle, which maxed out at 2,915,132 viewers last year.Among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, Super Bowl 50 averaged 1,038,454, down from the 1,258,366 for last year’s game.A few words about the halftime show. It never really registered, with Coldplay frontman Chris Martin starting by lip syncing way out of sync while the “filmic” presentation made it all look remote rather than live. Overall poor sound quality added to the mess. Things picked up a bit when Beyonce and Bruno Mars joined in, but their previous solo Super Bowl halftime shows were far superior. Sunday’s musical highlight -- by far -- was Lady Gaga’s unexpectedly glorious singing of the National Anthem. CBS’ post-Super Bowl 50 attraction, Late Show with Stephen Colbert, started a few minutes before 10 p.m. and averaged 396,614 total viewers. But the audience plunged from 644,498 viewers for the first 15 minutes to 219,464 for the final quarter hour. Late Show averaged 174,664 viewers in the key 18-to-49-year-old demographic.On Saturday night, ABC’s prime-time Republican presidential candidate debate from New Hampshire clashed with CBS’ live NFL Honors special, hosted by Conan O’Brien.It was no contest, with the Republicans averaging 304,543 total viewers while NFL Honors limped in with a surprisingly low 84,989. The Republicans also beat the NFL among 18-to-49-year-olds.Friday’s top prime-time scorers in total viewers were CBS’ Undercover Boss and ABC’s Shark Tank, each with 177,060.
CBS’ two-hour Super Bowl’s Greatest Halftime Shows drew 134,566 viewers while also lagging with 18-to-49-year-olds. Undercover Boss and Shark Tank likewise tied for the prime-time lead in that demographic with 47,636 viewers apiece.
Here are Friday’s local news derby results for the second weekday of the February “sweeps” ratings period.
TEGNA8 ran first in total viewers at 10 p.m. while NBC5 won among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).
Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. competitions and TEGNA8 ran the table at 6 p.m.
NBC5 had the most total viewers at 5 p.m. and tied TEGNA8 for the lead with 25-to-54-year-olds.
02/06/16 05:02 PMAfter just over three years at D-FW’s CBS11, reporter Elizabeth Dinh is leaving to become a 10 and 11 p.m. anchor with Fox affiliate KPTV-TV in Portland, Oregon. She posted the news Friday on her Facebook and Twitter pages.Dinh, who joined CBS11 in December 2012 from Seattle’s KOMO-TV, primarily has worked the morning shift and will remain with the station “for a couple more weeks,” she said on Facebook.“DFW will always have a special place in my heart,” said Dinh, who was born in Irving and raised in Grand Prairie and Arlington. She’s a graduate of UT-Arlington.Dinh has been public about owing her life to her husband, Kevin, who in June, 2012 donated one of his kidneys to her after a medical condition caused both of Dinh’s kidneys to fail. She also has worked for TV stations in Amarillo and Tampa, FL, and in 2003 won the Miss Asian American Texas pageant.“It will be an honor to join this talented, hard-working team as I continue to grow as a journalist,” Dinh said of her impending tenure at KPTV.
Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed.-Thurs., Feb. 3-4) -- Madoff bombs, wins big, Dem debate does OK02/05/16 09:30 AMThursday night’s selection of ’s 24 finalists, including Dalton Rapattoni of Dallas/Sunnyvale, put Fox and Fox4 in almost total control of prime-time on the first day of the February “sweeps” ratings period.The farewell season of Fox’s game-changing singing competition averaged 332,8733 D-FW viewers from 7 to 9 p.m. That was good enough to win from start to stop, with even CBS’ running slightly behind ’s first half-hour.Among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, Idol won from 7:30 to 9 p.m. with 117,501 viewers. But Big Bang prevailed from 7 to 7:30 p.m. by a score of 130,204 viewers to 107,974.Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast then won its time slot in both measurements, with 219,554 total viewers and 79,393 in the 18-to-49 age range.Over on MSNBC, the free-swinging 8 to 10 p.m. Democratic presidential candidate debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders drew 120,401 total viewers and 47,636 in the 18-to-49 demographic. That’s pretty much a spectacular showing for MSNBC, which easily outdrew Fox News Channel and CNN during those two hours.ABC’s 7 to 9 p.m. Part 2 of Madoff, starring Richard Dreyfuss, had 92,071 total viewers and a sub-puny 9,527 in the 18-to-49 realm. The network’s followup news special, Madoff: After the Fall, did considerably better on both counts with 134,566 total viewers and 34,933 in the 18-to-49 demographic.Wednesday’s prime-time festivities also were led by Idol, which outdrew all programming in both total viewers (318,708) and 18-to-49-year-olds (101,622). Part 1 of Madoff had respective totals of 127,483 and 28,581 viewers before losing ground with Thursday’s conclusion.Here are the Wednesday/Thursday local news derby results. -- NBC5 and TEGNA8 tied for the most total viewers at 10 p.m., but TEGNA8 was alone on top with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).Fox4 cruised to another pair of wins at 6 a.m. and NBC5 drew the most total viewers at both 5 and 6 p.m. Among 25-to-54-year-olds, Fox4 ran first at 5 p.m. and TEGNA8 won at 6 p.m. -- TEGNA8 opened strong on the first day of the February sweeps with twin wins at 10 p.m.Fox4 ran the table at 6 a.m. and NBC5 did likewise at 5 p.m. The Peacock and TEGNA8 shared first place in total viewers at 6 p.m., but NBC5 had the 25-to-54 gold to itself.
02/03/16 01:17 PMSeeing spots. CBS’ two-hour Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials led all Tuesday programming in both key ratings measurements.Airing from 7 to 9 p.m., the special drew 290,378 D-FW viewers and 82,568 in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old demographic.NBC’s Chicago Fire then took the 9 p.m. hour with 184,142 total viewers and 50,811 in the 18-to-49 age range.FX scored what could be a breakout hit in the basic cable network universe with its 9 p.m. premiere of The People v. O. J.: American Crime Story. It performed particularly well among 18-to-49-year-olds, drawing 73,041 for the 9 p.m. first airing and another 41,284 for the 10 p.m. repeat. The latter number was good enough to lead all programming at that hour.The total viewers haul for People v. O. J. was 120,401 at 9 p.m. and 63,742 at 10 p.m. So in each instance, well more than half the audience resided in the key 18-to-49-year-old demographic.In contrast, ABC’s continued to come up all but empty. Its 8 p.m. episode had 56,659 total viewers and 12,703 in the 18-to-49 realm.Here are Tuesday’s local news derby results.CBS11 ran first in total viewers at 10 p.m. while TEGNA8 won a close four-way battle for the most 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).Fox4 ran the table at 6 a.m. and NBC5 did likewise at 5 p.m. The 6 p.m. golds went to CBS11 in total viewers and the Peacock among 25-to-54-year-olds.02/03/16 10:00 AMDallas-based Fox4 and longtime reporter Melissa Cutler have parted ways.Cutler confirmed Wednesday to unclebarky.com that she’s “starting a new career in real estate” in tandem with her husband. They’ve been buying a “number of properties” since 2003, Cutler said. ”Let’s see how far we can go.” Her last day at Fox4 was Friday.“It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while,” said Cutler, who’s a licensed realtor. “I think a lot of the skills I’ve learned as a reporter transfer pretty well. Getting out and about, dealing with legal documents, keeping contacts fresh and developing sources. I think it’ll be fun.” Cutler joined Fox4 in July 2001 from ABC affiliate WQAD-TV in Moline, Illinois, where she had anchored for two years. Her twins, a boy and a girl, were born shortly before the move to Dallas. They are now 15. She previously worked as a reporter for four years at Kansas City’s KSHB-TV.During her 14-and-a-half years at Fox4, “I had an opportunity to become friends with some really smart and funny co-workers,” Cutler said. “I’m just so grateful. I’ll miss them the most, for sure.”Former Fox4 colleague and investigative reporter Becky Oliver also is newly in the real estate business after retiring from the station last year
02/02/16 03:20 PMFox’s third episode of The X-Files slipped Monday night, losing to ABC’s competing first hour of The Bachelor in both major ratings measurements.The continuing limited-run adventures of Fox Mulder and Dana Scully had 191,225 total D-FW viewers in the 7 p.m. slot while The Bachelor drew 212,427. Among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, The Bachelor won by a score of 79,393 viewers to The X-Files’ 66,690.The Bachelor remained on top from 8 to 9 p.m. with 198,307 total viewers and 76,217 in the 18-to-49 age range. Fox’s second episode of Lucifer pulled in 148,730 total viewers to also finish behind CBS’ repeat of Scorpion (162,895). Among 18-to-49-year-olds, Lucifer moved up a notch to second place with 66,690.At 9 p.m., CBS’ rerun of NCIS: Los Angeles had the most total viewers (184,142) while NBC’s second hour of The Biggest Loser won with 18-to-49-year-olds (57,163).It also was Iowa caucuses night, with Fox News Channel the clear choice in the cable universe. FNC easily outdrew both runner-up CNN and third-place MSNBC. Its coverage peaked from 10 to 11 p.m. with 184,142 total viewers and 68,455 in the 25-to-54-year-old age range (main advertiser target audience for news programming).Here are Monday’s local news derby results.CBS11 drew the most total viewers at 10 p.m. while NBC5 ranked No. 1 among 25-to-54-year-olds.Fox4 again had twin wins at 6 a.m. The 6 p.m. golds went to CBS11 in total viewers and the Peacock with 25-to-54-year-olds.At 5 p.m., NBC5 had the most total viewers and TEGNA8 broke through with a 25-to-54 win.
02/01/16 11:13 AMExpect more live musicals on Fox. The network’s copycatting of NBC’s success paid big dividends Sunday, with the three-hour Grease: Live! dominating prime-time and comfortably beating ESPN’s competing Pro Bowl.Grease: Live! averaged 347,038 D-FW viewers in the 6 to 9 p.m. slot, with nearly half -- 171,488 -- within the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old age range.The Pro Bowl drew 226,637 total viewers and 101,622 in the 18-to-49 motherlode.Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast then cleaned up, winning the hour in total viewers (254,966) and 18-to-49-year-olds (95,271). The station’s Saturday 9 p.m. edition also scored, ranking No. 1 among all prime-time programs in total viewers with 113,318.Friday’s prime-time parade was led by ABC’s 8 p.m. hour of Shark Tank in both total viewers (177,060) and 18-to-49-year-olds (73,041). But the usual top dog in total viewers, CBS’ , was in reruns.Here are Friday’s local news derby results.NBC5 had the most total viewers at 10 p.m. 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.CBS11 took the top spot in total viewers at 6 p.m. Fox4 and NBC5 tied for first among 25-to-54-year-olds.
01/29/16 11:37 AMFox News Channel’s Donald Trump-less Republican presidential candidate debate did quite nicely for itself in D-FW Thursday night, ranking as the No. 1 program in total viewers and running second only to Fox’s American Idol with advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds.Airing from 8 to 10 p.m., the debate averaged 354,120 viewers and 88,920 in the 18-to-49 age range compared to Idol’s respective marks of 269,131 and 114,325 viewers.Trump’s competing, hastily arranged benefit for veterans didn’t start until 8:15 p.m., with CNN and MSNBC carrying it live for the first minutes or so. From 8:15 to 8:30 p.m., Trump had 56,659 total viewers on CNN and 42,494 on MSNBC. In the 18-to-49 demographic, Trump drew 31,757 viewers on CNN and 6,351 on MSNBC. CNN then brought analysts in to mostly talk over Trump while MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow ripped the Republican frontrunner. Interestingly, CNN had more total viewers for its 9:15 to 9:30 p.m. pontificator segment (70,824) than for the opening Trump speech.(Nationally, the debate ranked the second lowest among all of the Republican candidate encounters, with roughly 11 million total viewers, according to early data. Fox News Channel’s first GOP debate, back in August, still holds this campaign season’s high mark of 25 million viewers. CNN’s initial Republican debate almost matched it with 23 million viewers nationally. Trump participated in both of those.)Back to the D-FW Nielsens, where NBC’s 7 p.m. premiere of You, Me and the Apocalypse ran third in that hour among the Big Four broadcast networks with 141,648 total viewers. It moved up to second among 18-to-49-year-olds with 66,690 viewers, although the competition included repeats of CBS’ potent twosome of The Big Bang Theory and Life in Pieces
Wednesday’s prime-time parade was paced by the one-hour 7 p.m. edition of Idol, which easily led all programming in both total viewers (325,790) and 18-to-49-year-olds (101,622).
On Tuesday night, CBS’ 7 p.m. repeat of NCIS nonetheless ranked as prime-time’s No. 1 overall draw with 254,966 total viewers. But NBC’s 9 p.m. new episode of Chicago Fire was the top draw among 18-to-49-year-olds (57,163).
Here are the local news derby results.
Tuesday -- TEGNA8 led at 10 p.m. in total viewers while Fox4 had the most 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. In the 6 p.m. races, TEGNA8 and CBS11 tied for the most total viewers, but TEGNA8 had the 25-to-54 gold to itself.
Wednesday -- Fox4 ran the table at 10 p.m. and breezed to another pair of comfy wins at 6 a.m.
NBC5 had the most total viewers at 6 p.m., but TEGNA8 ran first with 25-to-54-year-olds. The 5 p.m. wins went to the Peacock in total viewers and Fox4 in the 25-to-54-year-old realm.
Thursday -- Fox4 won at 6 a.m. and 5, 6 and 10 p.m. in the key 25-to-54 demographic. The station also again had the most total viewers at 6 a.m.
TEGNA8, trampolining off another starvation lead-in from the season finale of My Diet Is Better Than Yours, edged NBC5 for the most total viewers at 10 p.m. The 5 and 6 p.m. firsts in total viewers respectively went to TEGNA8 and CBS11.
01/26/16 02:50 PMFox fared well Monday night with hour two of The X-Files’ six-episode “event series.”Leading off prime-time, the limited-run reunion of David Duchovny’s Fox Mulder and Gillian Anderson’s Dana Scully drew 276,214 D-FW viewers and 111,150 in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old demographic.Both were Monday night’s top showings in these measurements, with ABC’s competing first hour of The Bachelor (233,719 total viewers) and CBS’ Supergirl (219,554 total viewers) both making decent showings. The Bachelor also was the runner-up from 7 to 8 p.m. among 18-to-49-year-olds (88,920).Fox’s 8 p.m. premiere of Lucifer then fell to third place in total viewers, drawing 184,142 opposite CBS’ Scorpion (269,131) and the second hour of The Bachelor (205,390). But the modern-day devil as a Los Angeles hot spot owner ranked a solid No. 1 in its time slot with 18-to-49-year-olds (95,271).CBS’ NCIS: Los Angeles won the 9 p.m. hour in total viewers (247,884) while NBC’s second hour of The Biggest Loser took the 18-to-49 gold with 57,163.Over on CNN, the 8 to 10 p.m. Democratic presidential candidate town hall meeting, with Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley making separate appearances onstage, drew comparatively scant interest with 42,494 total viewers and just 9,527 in the 18-to-49 age range.Here are Monday’s local news derby results.TEGNA8 swept the 10 p.m. races in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).Fox4 ran the table at both 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. TEGNA8 drew the most total viewers at 6 p.m., but CBS11 was tops with 25-to-54-year-olds. -- Well, it’s always something. Ron Corning, co-anchor of TEGNA8’s early morning Daybreak program, was surprised to learn that a scam artist had created a bogus Facebook profile using pictures of him in an attempt to woo and then bilk a Kingman, Kansas woman.Posing as “Robert Williams,” the scammer tried to sweet-talk a woman named Yolanda into buying him a $1,000 plane ticket to come visit her. But a “reverse Google image” search by Yolanda’s daughter turned up Corning’s Facebook page. The daughter then contacted Corning.“I realized he’d used all of my profile pictures over the last year and a half, including one with my own mother. I was shocked,” Corning says in a story posted by Wichita CBS affiliate KWCH-TV.
Corning says he immediately contacted Facebook, which quickly removed the fake profile.
“It’s been an interesting 24 hours!” he later said in an email message to unclebarky.com.
The complete KWCH story is here