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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., Sept. 15) -- Rangers move into 1st place while moving up to No. 2 spot in nighttime numbers

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The resilient Texas Rangers climbed Mount Everest Tuesday night, moving into first place in the American League West and drawing a sizable TV crowd that ballooned as the night wore on.

Let’s break it down.

The last performances of this season’s America’s Got Talent finalists put NBC in charge of the 7 to 9 p.m. slot with 271,986 D-FW viewers. NBC also won from 9 to 10 p.m. with the live premiere of the Neil Patrick Harris-hosted Best Time Ever, which had 230,142 viewers but lost audience in each 15-minute increment measured by Nielsen Media Research.

CBS Big Brother ran second from 7 to 8 p.m. with 195,272 viewers. But the overall ratings for the Rangers-Houston Astros face-off, which stretched to 10:55 p.m. on Fox Sports Southwest, were not that far behind. The 4-3 “walk off” win averaged 188,298 viewers for the entire game, with a peak crowd of 244,090 for the closing late night minutes. That easily was enough to outdraw the first halves of the late night broadcast network talk shows.

In the advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-old demographic, Big Brother won from 7 to 8 p.m. with 100,922 viewers. The 8 to 9 p.m. portion of the Rangers game then tied the second hour of AGT (81,999 viewers apiece). It was another tie from 9 to 10 p.m., with the Rangers and Best Time Ever each hauling in 88,306 viewers in the 18-to-49 motherlode.

FX’s two-hour, 9 to 11 p.m. premiere of The Bastard Executioner played pretty dead with 34,870 total viewers and 18,923 in the 18-to-49 demographic.

Here are Tuesday’s local news derby results.

TEGNA8 ran first in total viewers at 10 p.m. while Fox4 drew the most 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 also swept the 6 a.m. competitions, with its 25-to-54-year-old haul nearly equaling the combined audience in that demographic for NBC5, TEGNA8 and CBS11.

NBC5 had a strong night in the early evening, running the table at 6 p.m. and also winning at 5 p.m. in total viewers. Fox4 was tops with 25-to-54-year-olds at 5 p.m.

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