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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., Aug. 30) -- Rangers rise to the top

Fox Sports Southwest reaped some nice 'n' juicy Texas Rangers numbers Tuesday night, with the North Texas Nine's 2-0 win over Tampa Bay averaging 256,251 D-FW viewers.

That made it the night's overall most-watched TV attraction, with baseball likewise whipping competing programming among advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds.

CBS' 7 p.m. NCIS rerun had Tuesday's second biggest prime-time crowd, with 242,400 total viewers. NBC's two new hours of America's Got Talent averaged 186,994 viewers from 8 to 10 p.m. That's a pretty poor performance in these parts for the Peacock's erstwhile big summer draw. And among 18-to-49-year-olds, Talent's 9 to 10 p.m. hour ran fourth behind the Rangers, Fox4's 9 p.m. local newscast and ABC's Combat Hospital.

On the other hand, virtually no one watched the CW's prime-time lineup, no matter what the audience measurement. In the total viewer Nielsens, a 90210 repeat had 20,777, followed by a Shedding for the Wedding reprise (4,848) and CW33's local 9 p.m. news (6,296).

The four-way local news derby results went like this: WFAA8 won at 10 p.m. in total viewers (186,994), but just three-tenths of a rating point separated it from fourth place Fox4. NBC5 had a comparatively comfy winning margin among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming), with WFAA8 slipping to a distant 10 p.m. third between Fox4 and CBS11.

Fox4 and NBC5 tied for first at 6 a.m. in total viewers, with Fox4 winning as usual in the 25-to-54 demographic. Fox4 also swept the 6 p.m. competitions and added a 5 p.m. win with 25-to-54-year-olds. CBS11 took the 5 p.m. gold in total viewers.

At the national level, Bravo's third episode of Most Eligible Dallas had its smallest audience to date with just 731,000 total viewers. That again made it Monday night's least-watched cable reality hour. D-FW ratings for MED are not available to your friendly content provider.