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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Mon., Sept. 1-4) -- A&M collapse tops holiday weekend sights/sounds

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Texas A&M got the Fox broadcasting network’s national stage Sunday night, and burned brightly while building a 34-point lead against UCLA.

But then came Armageddon for Aggie-land, with the Bruins roaring back and winning 45-44 in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter.

The game had the largest D-FW audience of any holiday weekend attraction, drawing 269,031 viewers. It was enough to outdraw CBS’ 7 p.m. episode of Big Brother, which had 239,946 total viewers but edged A&M-UCLA among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds by a score of 89,799 to 83,385 during their hour opposite one another.

On Saturday, ABC’s prime-time showcase matchup between Alabama and Florida State ranked No. 1 with 218,133 total viewers. The network’s preceding game, Michigan vs. Florida at Jerry’s Palace, came in second for the day with 174,506 viewers while Texas’ home-opener flop against underdog Maryland ran third with 152,693 viewers on FS1.

During Labor Day night, ESPN’s prime-time overtime game between victorious Tennessee and Georgia Tech clocked in with 109,067 total viewers. TEGNA8’s 10 p.m. local newscast, which aired opposite the OT portion of the game, easily outdrew it with a day’s best 189,049 viewers.

Over on Bravo, the 9 p.m. fourth episode of Real Housewives of Dallas lured 34,174 total viewers. But a nice-sized percentage of them -- 25,336 viewers -- were in the key 18-to-49-year-olds demographic. Monday’s 9 p.m. leader, Fox4’s local newscast, had 152,693 total viewers and 48,107 in the 18-to-49 age range.

Here are Friday’s local news derby results, with Monday “thrown out” because all four combatants took holiday exemptions.

TEGNA8 ran first at 10 p.m. in total viewers while NBC5 took the top spot with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

The 6 a.m. golds also were split, with the Peacock drawing the most total viewers and Fox4 prevailing among 25-to-54-year-olds.

NBC5 swept the 6 p.m. competitions and added a 5 p.m. win in total viewers. Fox4 won with 25-to-54-year-olds at 5 p.m.

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