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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs., Sept. 25) -- NFL holds off "Shondaland"

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Despite being afflicted with a second straight blowout game, CBS’ Thursday Night Football withstood ABC’s double dose of Scandal’s season premiere and the new How to Get Away with Murder.

Both series are produced by Shonda Rhimes, whose Grey’s Anatomy fills out ABC’s Thursday night lineup. The New York Giants humbled the Washington Redskins 45-14 on CBS, which last week endured a 56-14 rout of Tampa Bay by Atlanta.

Here are D-FW’s hour-by-hour prime-time breakdowns for Night 4 of the new TV season. Measurements are total viewers and advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds. Shows are listed in order of popularity.

7 to 8 p.m.

Total Viewers
Thursday Night Football (CBS/first half-hour) -- 333,761
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) -- 227,242
Thursday Night Football pre-game (CBS) -- 205,938
Bones (Fox) -- 120,722
The Biggest Loser (NBC/first hour) -- 71,013

Thursday Night Football -- 159,579
Grey’s Anatomy -- 117,241
Thursday Night Football pre-game -- 100,958
The Biggest Loser -- 45,594
Bones -- 19,540

8 to 9 p.m.

Total Viewers
Thursday Night Football -- 468,686
Scandal (ABC) -- 312,457
The Biggest Loser (second hour) -- 71,013
Sleepy Hollow (Fox) -- 56,810

Thursday Night Football -- 227,969
Scandal -- 156,322
The Biggest Loser -- 42,337
Sleepy Hollow -- 26,054

9 to 10 p.m.

Total Viewers
Thursday Night Football -- 333,761
How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) -- 326,660
Fox4 local news -- 134,925
Parenthood (NBC) -- 106,520

Thursday Night Football -- 136,781
How to Get Away with Murder -- 130,268
Fox4 local news/Parenthood -- 52,107 viewers apiece

The impact of the Thursday Night Football blowout can clearly be seen in the 9 to 10 p.m. hour, where New York-Washington barely outdrew How to Get Away with Murder in both ratings measurements. In each instance, the NFL Network’s simulcast of the game added a minimal amount of viewers, averaging 63,912 for the entire game, with 32,567 in the 18-to-49 motherlode.

Here are Thursday’s local news derby results.

Bolstered by a big lead-in advantage from How to Get Away with Murder, Gannett8 dominated a downsized three-way competition at 10 p.m. in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming). So much so that Gannett8’s late nighter had more total viewers -- 333,761 -- than any of the channel’s other programming Thursday.

Fox4 again ran the table at 6 a.m. and added 5 and 6 p.m. wins in the 25-to-54 demographic. CBS11 had the most total viewers at both 5 and 6 p.m.

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