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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., Oct. 30) -- CBS takes two out of three vs Game 6 of Series

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Fox’s concluding Game 6 of the World Series got off to a slow start Wednesday, even if Boston didn’t.

The Red Sox had a 6-0 lead after four innings en route to closing out the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1. The one-sided outcome didn’t help, with CBS’ Survivor: Blood and Water and Criminal Minds taking advantage from 7 to 9 p.m.

Survivor drew 269,849 D-FW viewers in beating the first hour of the Series (241,442 viewers). Criminal Minds then edged Hour 2 by a score of 333,761 viewers to 326,660.

The Series, which ended at 10:23 p.m. with Boston’s celebration in Fenway Park, averaged 333,761 viewers the rest of way. The closest competing attraction, CBS’ 9 p.m. episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, had 248,546 viewers. The closing minutes of Game 6 hit a peak audience of 418,977 to drub competing 10 p.m. local newscasts on NBC5, WFAA8 and CBS11.

Among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, both Survivor and ABC’s 7 to 7:30 p.m. episode of The Middle out-scored Game 6, which then ran first for the rest of the night.

It was a different story in the national Nielsens, where the Series dominated from start to stop in both ratings measurements. Hear the echoes: D-FW is not a baseball town, not a baseball town, not a baseball town . . .

Over on Fox Sports Southwest, the Dallas Mavericks’ season-opening win against the Atlanta Hawks averaged 120,722 total viewers.

Wednesday’s local news derby results marked the eve of the annual November “sweeps” ratings period, which begins on Halloween. Here’s how it looked:

WFAA8 won a downsized three-way 10 p.m. race in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming). The station also ran the table at 5 p.m. and added a 6 p.m. first in the 25-to-54 demographic.

Fox4 won by wide margins at 6 a.m. in both measurements, with NBC5, WFAA8 and CBS11 bunched in a pair of second-place ties.

CBS11 had the most total viewers at 6 p.m.

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