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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs.-Mon., July 15-19) -- catchup round finds Rangers rolling

The on-fire Texas Rangers, winners of four of five road games against tough competition, are also lighting up the D-FW ratings board.

Monday night's 14-inning, 8-6 win at Detroit, which stretched nearly five hours until 10:58 p.m., showed fans' willingness to stay tuned until the final pitch. The game had its biggest audience from 10:45 to 11 p.m., when 264,666 D-FW viewers were still in their living room or bedroom ballparks.

Overall the game drew 183,230 viewers on Fox Sports Southwest, according to state-of-the-art hand calculator technology deployed here at unclebarky.com. Only ABC's The Bachelorette (251,093 viewers) and CBS' rerun of The Big Bang Theory (210,375 viewers) averaged a bigger audience Monday.

In contrast, Fox's latest new episode of its made-in-Dallas The Good Guys had just 61,077 viewers in the 8 p.m. hour. That was the smallest prime-time audience of the night on any of the Big Four broadcast networks. Even worse, Good Guys also had the night's dinkiest portion of advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds. The serio-comic cop series is penciled in the for fall on Friday nights, but it's not looking good on that front. Which is a shame because the show remains retro-cool and for the most part fun to watch.

Meanwhile, the first-place Rangers also moved the ratings meter for their four games at Boston, where they won three. Here are the night-by-night overall totals:

Thursday night on FSS -- 169,658
Friday night on TXA21 -- For the third straight Friday, TXA21's game of the week encountered a lengthy rain delay. Including the one-hour delay after the game had started, Rangers-Red Sox averaged 149,299 viewers. Excluding the rain delay portion, that number swells to 183,230.
Saturday night on FSS -- 210,375
Sunday afternoon on FSS -- 101,794

In local news derby results, WFAA8 dominated the 10 p.m. competitions, winning on Thursday, Friday and Monday in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming on most stations.

Fox4 and NBC5 traded punches at 6 a.m., with Fox4 running the table on Friday and the Peacock doing likewise on Monday. Thursday's results were split, with NBC5 nabbing the gold in total viewers while Fox4 ran first with 25-to-54-year-olds.

NBC5 swept Thursday's 6 p.m. races and also rang up two wins on that day at 5 p.m.

On Friday, CBS11 ran first at 6 p.m. in total viewers while Fox4 took the top spot among 25-to-54-year-olds. The Peacock perched atop the 5 p.m. total viewer Nielsens, with Fox4 and WFAA8 tying for first in the 25-to-54 demographic.

CBS11 was tops in total viewers at 6 p.m. Monday, but Fox4 won among 25-to-54-year-olds. Both of the 5 p.m. golds went to NBC5.