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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs., Oct. 2) -- Thursday Night Football survives another blowout

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A fourth blowout in as many weeks again didn’t stop CBS’ Thursday Night Football from running the table in prime-time.

The Green Bay Packers’ 42-10 romp over the Minnesota Vikings, which ran from 7:25 to 10:29 p.m., faced its toughest competition at 9 p.m. from ABC’s second episode of How to Get Away with Murder.

Football drew 306,856 D-FW viewers in that hour while Murder finished a close second with 292,908. The gap was considerably wider among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, with Packers-Vikes beating Murder by a score of 170,305 viewers to 94,614.

Thursday Night Football overall averaged 320,804 total viewers and 135,613 in the 18-to-49 demographic.

NBC and Fox sent a combined three new series into combat with the NFL. The Peacock’s two comedies, Bad Judge and A to Z, ran third from 8 to 9 p.m. in both ratings measurements while Fox’s competing Gracepoint was a disaster.

Bad Judge had 188,298 total viewers before A to Z fell to 160,402. Both were giants compared to Gracepoint, which had 97,636.

Among 18-to-49-year-olds, the totals were A to Z, 72,537; Bad Judge, 59,922; and Gracepoint, 22,077. For a serial murder drama, that’s a terrible opening night that likely will mean diminishing returns in future weeks. But hey, I really liked this Americanized version of the acclaimed British whodunit Broadchurch.

Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast again built something out of basically nothing, jumping to 181,324 total viewers and 88,306 in the 18-to-49 age range to outdraw NBC’s competing Parenthood in both measurements.

Here are Thursday’s four-way local news derby results.

The 10 p.m. newscasts, fueled by reports of the night’s storm damage, were paced by Gannett8 in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming). Gannett8 also beat the closing half-hour of Thursday Night Football on both counts.

Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. competitions and NBC5 had twin wins at 5 p.m. The 6 p.m. spoils went to NBC5 in total viewers and CBS11 in the 25-to-54 demographic.

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