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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., Oct. 11) -- Rangers near the million mark while otherwise thrown for a loss

Closer "Papa Grande" gets off after 5-2 Tiger win. Photo: Ed Bark

Game 3 of the Texas Rangers-Detroit Tigers ALCS hit a high point to date on the ratings scorecard while otherwise resulting in the North Texas 9's first loss in the best-of-seven portal to the World Series.

Detroit won 5-2 while 948,375 D-FW viewers tuned to Fox Tuesday night for a game that ran from 7:06 to 10:14 p.m. The audience peaked between 8:45 and 9 p.m., when 1,104,178 watched.

Nothing else came close, including the two-episode premiere of Tim Allen's Last Man Standing on ABC. Episode 1 drew just 139,546 viewers from 7 to 7:30 p.m., beating only the first half-hour of NBC's The Biggest Loser (97,547 viewers). The second half-hour of Last Man Standing inched up to 148,353 viewers, also beating only Loser.

CBS' NCIS had 365,801 viewers in the 7 p.m. hour, making it the night's most-watched non-baseball attraction. ABC's Dancing with the Stars results show and Body of Proof were tops from 8 to 10 p.m. in the non-sports field. TXA21's 7 p.m. local newscast, in its death rattle before being replaced later this month with a sports hour, had nothing to show but "hashmarks" (no measurable audience).

And now for Tuesday's local news derby results. WFAA8 swept a downsized three-way 10 p.m. race, winning in total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds, the prime advertiser target audience for news programming.

Fox4 and NBC5 tied for the total viewers gold at 6 a.m., with Fox4 as usual controlling the 25-to-54 demographic.

A locally produced Fox4 baseball warmup show ran the table at 6 p.m. The 5 p.m. firsts were split between NBC5 in total viewers and Fox4 among 25-to-54-year-olds.