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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Sun., Nov. 9-11) -- interest wanes as Cowboys win survival game against Eagles

The Dallas Cowboys' do-or-die win against Philadelphia, spurred by the defense and special teams, took a tumble ratings-wise from the two previous losses to Atlanta and the Giants.

Running until 6:37 p.m. on Fox, Cowboys-Eagles averaged 1,087,704 D-FW viewers. That's a significant drop-off from the 1,280,461 who watched NBC's prime-time loss to the Falcons and the 1,218,503 for the Giants game on Fox. But at least Dallas stayed above the one million mark after falling short for the first time in almost two years with the Oct. 21st win at Carolina (950,020).

NBC's rain-soaked defense-dominated slugfest between the Texans and Bears had Sunday's second biggest football audience. A total of 516,315 viewers watched Houston move to 8-1 while Chicago dropped to 7-2. Also on Sunday, the Bengals-Giants game on Fox averaged 433,705 viewers while CBS' competing Broncos-Panthers game lagged with 220,291.

Saturday's football ratings were paced by Texas A&M's big upset win over Alabama and the emergence of quarterback Johnny "Football" Manziel as a full-blown national star. The game averaged 399,284 viewers on CBS. Fox's following Kansas State-TCU game came in second with 192,758 viewers while ABC's competing Notre Dame-Boston College matchup had just 89,495.

On Friday night, the second episode of ABC's Reba McEntire-fronted Malibu Country remained solid with second place finishes at 7:30 p.m. in both total viewers and advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds. CBS' second half-hour of Undercover Boss won in both measurements, but Malibu Country again ranked as ABC's most-watched Friday night show.

CBS' 9 p.m. episode of Blue Bloods again drew the night's most total viewers (296,021).

In Friday's local news derby numbers, CBS11 romped at 10 p.m. in total viewers while WFAA8 had the edge among 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

Fox4 swept both the 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. competitions. The 6 p.m. wins went to WFAA8 in total viewers and Fox4 in the 25-to-54 demographic.