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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed.-Thurs., Oct. 18-19) -- NFL is still ruling class

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Despite its ongoing flag controversies, both with players and bungling, penalty-happy refs, the authoritarian NFL still has an iron-fisted grip on the almighty Nielsen ratings.

The Cersei Lannister of pro sports leagues again wiped out the competition with CBS/NFL Net’s Thursday Night Football matchup between the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs.

Decided on the last play of an elongated game with a 31-30 Oakland win, TNF averaged 256,396 D-FW viewers on CBS and tacked on another 64,099 for the NFL Network simulcast for a grand total of 320,495.

Among advertiser-craved 18-to-49-year-olds, the game had 93,618 on CBS and 31,206 on NFL Net for a combined 124,824. All of these numbers reflect the game’s actual running time.

NBC’s 8 p.m. episode of Will & Grace ranked as the prime-time runner-up in both measurements with 163,808 total viewers and 74,894 in the 18-to-49 age range.

On Wednesday night, CBS 7 p.m. hour of Survivor spanked Fox’s competing and badly sagging Empire in total viewers by a score of 192,297 to 135,320. Survivor also won with 18-to-49-year-olds -- 65,533 to 53,050.

CBS’ SEAL Team took the 8 p.m. hour in total viewers before Fox4’s local newscast edged CBS’ Criminal Minds in this measurement at 9 p.m. The 18-to-49 firsts from 8 to 10 p.m. went to ABC’s Modern Family, the second half-hour of NBC’s Law & Order: SVU and Criminal Minds.

And now, here are the local news derby results.

Wednesday -- TEGNA8 won at 10 p.m. in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Warming up for a possibly strong run at reigning champ Fox4 in the November “sweeps” ratings (which fire up on Thursday, Oct. 26th), NBC5 scored twin wins at 6 a.m.

The Peacock likewise swept the 6 p.m. competitions and was tops with 25-to-54-year-olds at 5 p.m. Fox4 and NBC5 shared the total viewers spoils at 5 p.m.

Thursday -- TEGNA8 stayed solid at 10 p.m. by running the table in a downsized three-way competition.

NBC5 nipped Fox4 in total viewers at 6 a.m. and won a bit more comfortably with 25-to-54-year-olds.

TEGNA8 basked in a doubleheader sweep at 6 p.m. The 5 p.m. firsts went to NBC5 in total viewers and Fox4 among 25-to-54-year-olds.

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