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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs., Sept. 17) -- football rules, Rangers rise

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The kickoff of CBS’ Thursday Night Football led all prime-time programming while the first-place Texas Rangers’ four-game sweep of the Houston Astros hit a season high in the D-FW Nielsens.

Stretching until 10:55 p.m., The Denver Broncos’ dramatic 31-24 win over the Kansas City Chiefs averaged 362,648 viewers and 170,305 in the advertiser-coveted 18-to-49 age range. The NFL Network’s simulcast chipped in with respective totals of 76,714 and 50,461. Interestingly, a far higher percentage of 18-to-49-year-olds chose the NFL Net over CBS.

The Rangers won 8-2 on Fox Sports Southwest, pushing Houston two-and-a-half games out of the AL West lead. The game ran second overall for the night with 230,142 total viewers and 94,614 in the key 18-to-49 demographic.

ABC again dragged anchor with a night of drama reruns that ran fourth across the board among the Big Four broadcast networks. NBC placed second overall in prime-time with a first-run pairing of Jeff Dunham: Unhinged in Hollywood and Matt Franco’s Got Magic. The only dent was a runner-up finish in total viewers by Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast, which edged the second half of the Peacock’s now-you-see-it-now-you-don’t show.

Here are Thursday’s local news derby results.

TEGNA8 had the most total viewers in a downsized 10 p.m. race while Fox4 won with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 also ran the table at 6 a.m. In the early evening competitions, CBS11 had the most total viewers at both 5 and 6 p.m. NBC5 notched two golds at those hours with 25-to-54-year-olds.

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