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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon., Aug. 17) -- Rangers roll with viewers, too

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After several months of ho-hum ratings, the resurgent Texas Rangers at last are a ratings hit again.

Monday night’s 4-3 walk-off home win against Seattle outdrew all prime-time competition in D-FW while also ranking a strong second among advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds. Fox Sports Southwest is the prime beneficiary, with the Rangers once again very much a post-season contender.

Ending at 9:59 p.m., Monday’s game averaged 209,220 viewers in beating Fox4’s runner-up 9 p.m. local newscast (188,298) and NBC’s 7 to 9 p.m. edition of the formidable American Ninja Warrior (167,376).

In the 18-to-49 measurement, Ninja scored highest with 94,614 viewers. But the Rangers were a very respectable second (81,999) and beat the closing half-hour of Ninja before easily winning the 9 p.m. hour.

ABC tanked at 9 p.m. with The Whispers, which had prime-time’s lowest totals among the Big Four broadcast networks in both total viewers (48,818) and 18-to-49-year-olds (6,308).

Here are Monday’s local news derby results.

Fox4 swept the 10 p.m. competitions in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming). The station also ran the table at 6 a.m.

CBS11 drew the most total viewers at 6 p.m. and tied Fox4 for the top spot with 25-to-54-year-olds.

At 5 p.m., NBC had the most total viewers and Fox4 won among 25-to-54-year-olds.

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