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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., Oct. 2) -- lots of winners, even Rangers

The drooping Texas Rangers had plenty of company in their misery Tuesday night, dominating the late night ratings with more dispiriting play in Oakland.

The 3-1 loss, moving the A's into a first-place tie for the Western division lead, averaged 261,600 D-FW viewers from 9 p.m. to midnight on Fox Sports Southwest. The game won all three hours against competing programming while also ranking as the top attraction in that time slot among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds.

Earlier in prime-time, CBS NCIS/NCIS: Los Angeles combo again drew the most total viewers from 7 to 9 p.m. NCIS had the biggest audience of all Tuesday programming, with 419,936 viewers.

CBS typically couldn't hold serve with 18-to-49-year-olds, though. NBC's The Voice won the 7 to 8 p.m. hour in that key demographic before Fox's New Girl took over from 8 to 8:30 p.m. NBC's The New Normal drew the most 18-to-49-year-olds at 8:30 p.m.

The second episodes of three new broadcast network series had mixed results. CBS' 9 p.m. attraction, Vegas, beat everything on ABC, NBC and Fox, but fell to third among 18-to-49-year-olds behind ABC's Private Practice and Fox4's 9 p.m. local newscast.

Fox's Ben and Kate beat only WFAA8's second half-hour of a nasty senatorial debate from 7:30 to 8 p.m. in both total viewers and 18-to-49-year-olds. Fox's 8:30 p.m. episode of The Mindy Project fell to fourth place in both ratings measurements.

Overall, the Belo debate had 61,958 total viewers from 7 to 8 p.m., with 9,568 in the 18-to-49 range.

KTXD-TV's (Ch. 47) second 8 a.m. edition of The Texas Daily again pulled "hashmarks" (no measurable audience) in both total viewers and among its target baby boomer demographic of viewers 50 years of age and older.

Here are Tuesday's four-way local news derby results:

CBS11 won comfortably at 10 p.m. in total viewers but Fox4 dominated among 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

Fox4 and NBC5 shared the total viewers lead at 6 a.m., with Fox4 again controlling the 25-to-54 demographic.

WFAA8 swept the 6 p.m. competitions and NBC5 likewise ran the table at 5 p.m.