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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Sun., Oct. 4-6) -- Cowboys lasso big ratings before getting bucked by Broncos

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The Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos put a Wild West show Sunday before Tony Romo’s record-shattering passing performance got outgunned by what he invariably does during “winning time.”

Denver’s 51-48 win on CBS roped in 1,299,538 D-FW viewers with a peak crowd of 1,540,982 from 6:15 to 6:30 p.m. Of the Cowboys’ five regular season games, it was second only to the Sept. 8th opening win against the New York Giants on NBC’s Sunday Night Football. That one averaged 1,542,061 viewers from start to finish, with a high point of 1,679,745.

For the record, Romo threw a late-game interception, which allowed Peyton Manning’s still unbeaten Broncos to move into position for the winning field goal. But Romo also went where no Cowboys QB had gone before, passing for over 500 yards and ending with 506. Still, the Cowboys fell to a 2-3 record, good enough for a first-place tie with the Philadelphia Eagles in the so far stinko NFC East.

The most-watched attraction opposite Cowboys-Broncos, Fox4’s 5 p.m. local newscast, had 71,013 viewers.

Viewers then switched to San Francisco’s dismantling of the suddenly woeful Houston Texans on Sunday Night Football. The game averaged 440,281 viewers to rank as prime-time’s most-watched attraction.

Saturday’s college football parade was led by Fox’s TCU-Oklahoma face-off, which averaged 170,431 viewers in prime-time to best ABC’s competing Ohio State-Northwestern game (113,621 viewers). NBC’s Notre Dame-Arizona State game from Jerry’s Palace picked up steam down the stretch but still ran third overall behind Fox and ABC.

Friday’s prime-time ratings were paced by CBS’ Blue Bloods, which had 262,748 viewers in the 9 p.m. hour. But ABC’s 8 p.m. episode of Shark Tank ranked No. 1 with advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, drawing 91,188.

In Friday’s local news derby results, WFAA8 had a big day with sweeps of the 5 and 6 p.m. competitions and a 10 p.m. win among 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

CBS11 had the most total viewers at 10 p.m. and Fox4 as usual ran the table at 6 a.m.

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