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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Sun., Oct. 5-7) -- numbers are up for another Cowboys downer

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Playing on NBC’s main stage Sunday night, the Dallas Cowboys’ 19-16 overtime loss to the Houston Texans outdrew last year’s similarly deflating Game 5 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Punting when he could have rolled the dice, Cowboys’ coach Jason Garrett subsequently blew up the post-game Twitter-verse with critics of his “gutless” (as many put it) decision. As for the game itself, it stretched to 10:45 p.m. and averaged 1,356,655 D-FW viewers, with 543,456 of them in the advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-old realm.

Game 5 of the 2017 season, a 35-31 loss to the visiting Packers on Fox’s featured mid-afternoon to early evening game, drew 1,232,123 total viewers and 493,055 within the 18-to-49 age range.

Game 2 of the ongoing season, also played on NBC’s Sunday Night Football, remains the most-watched to date with 1,428,693 total viewers and 599,155 in the 18-to-49 demographic. The Cowboys beat the New York Giants 20-13 in Jerry’s Palace.

The weekend’s runner-up top TV attraction of course was Saturday’s early-starting Texas-Oklahoma game on Fox, where the offensive fireworks still haven’t died down following the Longhorns’ 48-45 upset win over the Sooners. The game averaged 653,725 total viewers, with 250,594 in the 18-to-49 motherlode.

In Friday’s prime-time festivities, CBS’ 9 p.m. episode of Blue Bloods was the top overall draw with 246,026 total viewers. But the 18-to-49-year-old winner was Fox’s 7 p.m. episode of Last Man Standing with 48,307 viewers. Fox’s second episode of the new sitcom The Cool Kids won the 7:30 to 8 p.m. slot among 18-to-49ers, but was edged in total viewers by the second half of CBS’ competing Macgyver.

Here are Friday’s local news derby results.

CBS11 had the most total viewers at 10 p.m. while Fox4 won with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

It was otherwise a day of sweeps, with Fox4 as usual/always running the table at 6 a.m. and NBC5 scoring twin wins at both 5 and 6 p.m.

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