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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Sun., Sept. 14-16)

Fox's prime-time Emmy telecast ran virtually even Sunday night with NBC's marquee Patriots-Chargers game.

Neither, of course, was a match for the preceding Cowboys-Dolphins game on Fox. The Dallas win averaged 625,949 D-FW homes to dominate Sunday's TV landscape. Still, that's a substantial dropoff from the 803,748 homes that watched the Cowboys beat New York the previous Sunday on NBC's prime-time NFL season kickoff.

The Emmys then dipped to 282,530 homes while the competing Patriots-Chargers matchup had 289,836.

D-FW's other pro sports team in action, the Texas Rangers, played to a virtually empty house directly opposite the Cowboys. The Rangers victory over Oakland mustered 21,920 homes on MY27 while drawing just 6,200 advertiser-craved 18-to-49-year-olds. The Cowboys did a bit beter than that, with 362,700 of 'em.

Rewinding to Friday, the first fall premiere of the season, Fox's Nashville, played like an old country song titled "She Got the Ring, I Got the Finger." It drew just 53,582 total homes and a measly 18,600 viewers in the 18-to-49 demo.

Still, the country cute reality series managed more total homes than NBC's competing Las Vegas repeat and Belo8's locally produced and very well done The Cost of War: The Texas Toll. The 8 to 9 p.m. slot was "won" by a rerun of CBS' Jericho in total homes and Las Vegas among 18-to-49-year-olds.

Friday's local news derby had just two winners in the four major combat zones.

Belo8 swept the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts in total homes and with 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming. Fox4 won in both measurements at 6 a.m., and the 7 to 9 a.m. portion of its Good Day also whipped the three network morning shows.