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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., Oct. 22) -- Game 2's a gamer

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Facing less formidable competition, Fox’s Game 2 of the World Series won from start to stop with advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds while being outdrawn in total D-FW viewers by just one viewing alternative.

That would be CBS’ Criminal Minds, which had 278,960 total viewers in the 8 p.m. hour compared to 271,986 for the Series. From 7 to 7:30 p.m., ABC’s The Middle and Fox’s combo of pre-game stuff and the game itself tied in total viewers with 223,168 apiece.

Running until 10:33 p.m., the Kansas City Royals’ 7-2 win over the San Francisco Giants averaged 265,012 total viewers and 122,998 in the 18-to-49 demographic. The most-watched competing program among 18-to-49-year-olds, ABC’s 8 p.m. episode of Modern Family, had 116,691 viewers.

So that’s not bad overall and great if you’re Fox, whose regular fall prime-time lineup has for the most part played dead.

NBC’s The Mysteries of Laura and ABC’s The Goldbergs tied for the least-watched program among 18-to-49-year-olds in the Big Four broadcast network universe. Each drew 31,538.

Here are Wednesday’s local news derby numbers.

In a downsized 10 p.m. race, Gannett8 and CBS11 tied in total viewers while Gannett8 was alone on top with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. competitions and NBC5 did likewise at both 5 and 6 p.m.

Local Programming Note: As you may have noticed, for “One Incredible Night,” Gannett8 will be next week’s Dallas Cowboys-Washington Redskins Monday Night Football game. NFL rules dictate that its games also be made available on a free over-the-air broadcast station in the two competing teams’ markets. Cable’s ESPN otherwise has the sole rights to Monday Night Football in the rest of the country.

This is the first time in memory that WFAA has bought the rights to a Monday Night Football game after ABC bequeathed the rights to ESPN following the 2005 season.

In this case there’s no D-FW “sister station” to carry the displaced programs. So ABC’s Dancing with the Stars is scheduled to air at 12:57 a.m. Tuesday followed by Castle at 2:58 a.m.

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