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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs., Oct. 18) -- CBS/ABC split prime-time spoils

CBS topped Thursday's prime-time ratings from start to finish in total viewers while ABC had the overall edge among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds.

CBS' pace-setter, The Big Bang Theory, also was the night's overall top D-FW draw with 419,936 viewers. The network's Two and a Half Men, Person of Interest and Elementary all won their time slots, too.

The two CBS sitcoms prevailed among 18-to-49-year-olds before ABC's Grey's Anatomy and Scandal were tops from 8 to 10 p.m. in this key demographic.

ABC's fourth episode of the generally praised Last Resort took the silver in total viewers at 7 p.m. but fell to fourth in its time slot with 18-to-49-year-olds.

On the sports programming front, the NFL Network's 49ers-Seahawks game averaged 137,684 total viewers while Fox's prime-time Game 4 of the NLCS between the Cards and Giants pulled in 130,800. Over on Fox Sports Southwest, the SMU Mustangs set an all-time school scoring record with their 72-42 home win against Houston's Cougars. D-FW barely noticed, with a sub-scant 13,768 viewers tuning in.

Here are Thursday's local news derby results:

CBS11 ran first at 10 p.m. in total viewers while WFAA8 won among 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

NBC5 swept the 6 a.m. competitions and Fox4 did likewise at 5 p.m. The 6 p.m. golds went to NBC5 in total viewers and Fox4 in the 25-to-54 demographic.