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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed.-Thurs., Oct. 15-16) -- a close Thursday Night Football game again does the prime-time trick

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CBS’ Thursday Night Football as usual ruled prime-time while ABC’s three-pronged Shonda Rhimes night again ran a solid second.

Gifted with a second close game after four consecutive blowouts, the Patriots’ 27-25 win over the Jets (7:25 to 10:29 p.m.) averaged 355,674 D-FW viewers while the NFL Network’s simulcast tacked on another 76,714.

Among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, CBS had 154,536 viewers and the NFL Network, 53,615.

ABC’s prime-time lineup was led by an 8 p.m. episode of Scandal, which drew 251,064 total viewers and 126,152 in the 18-to-49 demographic.

NBC’s two freshman sitcoms, Bad Judge and A to Z, respectively finished third and fourth in total viewers from 8 to 9 p.m. The second half of Fox’s Gracepoint managed to beat A to Z but lost decisively among 18-to-49-year-olds to both Peacock comedies.

In Wednesday’s prime-time competition, CBS’ Survivor won at 7 p.m. in total viewers before ABC’s Modern Family beat the first half of CBS’ Criminal Minds in that measurement. Minds then ran first from 8:30 to 9 p.m., as did CBS’ Stalker in the 9 p.m. hour.

Wednesday’s 18-to-49 winners were Survivor, Modern Family, the second half of Criminal Minds and Fox4’s resilient 9 p.m. local newscast, which doubled the audience for Fox’s preceding Red Band Society.

Here are the Wednesday and Thursday local news derby results.

Wednesday -- CBS11 had the most total viewers at 10 p.m., but Fox4 won among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. competitions and CBS11 had the most total viewers at both 5 and 6 p.m. The 5 and 6 p.m. wins among 25-to-54-year-olds respectively went to Gannett8 and Fox4.

Thursday -- Gannett8 comfortably won a downsized three-way competition at 10 p.m. in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds.

Fox4 and Gannett8 tied for the most total viewers at 6 a.m., with Fox4 alone atop the 25-to-54 heap.

NBC5 swept the 5 p.m. competitions and also won at 6 p.m. among 25-to-54-year-olds. CBS11 had the most total viewers at 6 p.m.

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