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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Sun., July 29-31) -- Rangers get hot again

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Fox Sports Southwest enjoyed itself over the weekend, particularly on Friday night.

There’s nothing not to like about being the home network of the newly resurgent Texas Rangers. The team’s four-game home sweep of the visiting Kansas City Royals, which put the first-place Rangers six games ahead of the suddenly struggling Houston Astros, gave FSS Friday’s most-watched program in a landslide while the Saturday and Sunday games also performed well.

On Friday, Rangers-Royals averaged 233,719 D-FW viewers and 95,271 in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49 age range. The next closest prime-time attraction in total viewers, NBC’s 9 p.m. edition of Dateline, drew 127,483 and also ran a distant second among 18-to-49-year-olds (50,811).

Saturday night’s Rangers game likewise was king of the hill with 184,142 total viewers and 44,460 in the 18-to-49 realm.

On Sunday afternoon, the Rangers averaged 169,978 total viewers and 60,338 in the 18-to-49 demographic. That was good enough to beat CBS’ competing portion of the PGA championship’s final round in both ratings measurements. Down the stretch, though, golf had a higher peak audience of total viewers, drawing 226,637 in the 6:15 to 6:30 p.m. increment measured by Nielsen Media Research.

In prime-time Sunday, ABC’s 9 p.m. hours of Match Game are starting to lag behind the network’s preceding Celebrity Family Feud and $100,000 Pyramid. But Match Game still had enough juice to win its time slot in total viewers (134,566) while trailing the second hour of NBC’s American Ninja Warrior and Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast among 18-to-49-year-olds.

Celebrity Family Feud remained ABC’s biggest retro game show draw, winning the 7 p.m. hour in total viewers (169,978) while barely beating CBS’ competing Big Brother and NBC’s Hollywood Game Night among 18-to-49-year-olds.

Here are Friday’s local news derby results.

TEGNA8 had the most total viewers at 10 p.m., but NBC won among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. competitions and NBC5 did likewise at 6 p.m. The 5 p.m. golds were split between the Peacock in total viewers and Fox4 in the 25-to-54-year-old demographic.

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