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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Sun., Oct. 17-19) -- Another 1.5 million-plus crowd for Cowboys' latest win

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The ratings windfalls just keep on coming as the Dallas Cowboys just keep on winning.

Sunday’s 31-21 victory over the New York Giants, which improved the Cowboys’ record to a stunning 6-1, became the third this season to cross the 1.5 million viewer threshold in D-FW.

Running from 3:25 to 6:25 p.m. on Fox, the game averaged 1,576,124 viewers to rank just below the Sunday, Oct. 12th upset of Seattle (1,604,020) and the Sept. 28th prime-time rout of the Saints (1,583,093).

Cowboys-Giants drew 690,682 viewers in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49 age range. That’s also short of the 747,451 for Cowboys-Seahawks.

In prime-time, Peyton Manning broke Brett Favre’s career touchdown pass mark by tossing four of ‘em against the powerless San Francisco 49ers, who handed the Cowboys their only loss so far in the season-opener for both teams. The 42-17 rout, which ended at 10:38 p.m., averaged 599,764 total viewers on NBC’s Sunday Night Football. Manning broke the record at 8:42 p.m. (central). During the 8:30 to 8:45 increment measured by Nielsen, 690,426 viewers were tuned in. By the end of the game, that number had shrunk to 299,882 viewers.

Saturday’s collège football cavalcade not surprisingly was led by ABC’s prime-time match between No. 2 Florida State and No. 5 Notre Dame. Florida State’s down-to-the-wire 31-27 win (in which a Notre Dame TD pass was negated by a penalty in the closing seconds), averaged 278,960 total viewers.

Earlier Saturday on CBS, Alabama’s 59-0 demolition of Texas A&M drew 174,350 viewers to rank second among the day’s football attractions.

Friday’s prime-time ratings again were led in total viewers by CBS’ Blue Bloods (195,272). CBS’ The Amazing Race was the top draw among 18-to-49-year-olds with 75,691. TXA21’s Dallas Mavericks-Cleveland Cavaliers pre-season game had 90,662 total viewers and 34,692 in the 18-to-49 demographic.

The second episode of ABC’s Dallas-set Cristela sitcom ranked second from 7:30 to 8 p.m. in total viewers (132,506) but only fourth among 18-to-49-year-olds behind Amazing Race, Fox’s second half of Utopia and that portion of the Mavs-Cavs game.

Here are Friday’s local news derby numbers.

Gannett8 swept the 10 p.m. competitions in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds.

Fox4 ran the table at 6 a.m.; Gannett8 had 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., NBC5 won in total viewers while Fox4 and CBS11 shared the lead in the 25-to-54 measurement.

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