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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon., Sept. 24) -- opening night of new season edition

NBC rolled through prime-time Monday on opening day of the new fall season while an Emmitt Smith-infused "All-Star" Dancing with the Stars hit a ratings wet spot on the ballroom floor.

The Voice averaged a night's best 385,515 D-FW viewers in direct competition with ABC's DWTS, which drew 289,136 viewers in the same 7 to 9 p.m. slot.

The Peacock then scored again with its second episode of Revolution, which had 371,747 viewers in holding almost all of its lead-in audience from The Voice. ABC's season premiere of Castle ran second at 9 p.m. with 268,484 viewers in the Big Four broadcast network division while CBS' new episode of Hawaii Five-O lagged in third with 199,642 viewers.

CBS' new Partners sitcom may have started digging an early grave for itself with 144,568 viewers at 7:30 p.m. That made it the network's least-watched show of the night, with Fox's competing second half-hour of Bones also drawing a bigger audience to take the bronze.

Fox's second episode of The Mob Doctor then fell to fourth place from 8 to 9 p.m. with just 123,916 viewers.

Among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, NBC's Voice/Revolution combo reigned supreme all night while Mob Doctor easily had the lowest audience total in this key demographic.

In the cable universe, Fox Sports Southwest's dramatic Texas Rangers-Oakland A's game (with the Rangers a walk-off 9th inning winner) averaged 227,179 total viewers with a peak crowd of 337,326 for the closing 15-minute segment.

Over on ESPN, the biggest replacement ref screwup to date handed the Seattle Seahawks a "Hail Mary" win over the Green Bay Packers that inflamed all of the network's commentators, lit up Planet Twitter and even prompted Troy Aikman to tweet, "These games are a joke."

Dirk Nowitzki also expressed his extreme displeasure, tweeting, "Not gonna watch another nfl game until real refs r back. What a farce." (Love that Dirk.)

Anyway, Packers-Seahawks averaged 289,136 viewers, with 220,294 sticking around for the first 15 minutes of the wild 'n' crazy post mortem.

In Monday's local news derby results, WFAA8 overcame a substantial NBC5 lead-in advantage from Revolution to win at 10 p.m. in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

NBC5 had the total viewers edge at 6 a.m. while WFAA8 won with 25-to-54-year-olds.

WFAA8 added a 6 p.m. sweep while also running first at 5 p.m. in total viewers. NBC5 took the 5 p.m. gold among 25-to-54-year-olds.

Note to readers: This is the first "snapshot" of this year to use Nielsen's new D-FW population estimates, which are detailed in a previous post.