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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., Sept. 16) -- Republicans beat all

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CNN’s marathon Republican presidential candidate debate, starring the one, the only Donald Trump, easily outdrew all programming Wednesday despite a 3-hour running time that approached Oscar length.

Stretching until 10:15 p.m., the 11-candidate wrestling match averaged 516,076 D-FW viewers and 157,690 in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old demographic. That’s huge, as Trump regularly proclaims. Actually, that’s gargantuan for a candidate debate held almost 14 months before the 2016 presidential election. The debate even beat ESPN’s season-opening Monday Night Football game earlier in the week between the Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Falcons. It pulled in 425,414 total viewers but did have more 18-to-49-year-olds (195,536) than the Republicans could interest.

In comparison, the first-place Texas Rangers’ 14-3 trouncing of the Houston Astros Wednesday night on Fox Sports Southwest had 167,376 total viewers and 66,230 in the 18-to-49 age range.

Even NBC’s live two-hour finale of America’s Got Talent was no match at all. Airing from 8 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, it drew 202,246 total viewers, with 72,537 in the 18-to-49 motherlode.

Here are Wednesday’s local news derby results.

TEGNA8 swept the 10 p.m. competitions by edging NBC5 in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming). That’s quite an accomplishment, considering that ABC’s 9 p.m. lead-in program, a Nashville repeat, furnished TEGNA8 with just 62,766 total viewers while America’s Got Talent had more than three times that many. There was an equal disparity among 25-to-54-year-olds.

Fox4 ran the table at 6 a.m. and also notched two first place finishes at 6 p.m. The 5 p.m. golds went to NBC5 in total viewers and TEGNA8 in the 25-to-54 realm.

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