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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., Oct. 3) -- debate rundown

Wednesday's first of three presidential debates dominated the night's ratings, although Fox's The X Factor was the most-watched program on a single network.

Airing in the hour preceding the face-off between President Obama and Mitt Romney, X Factor drew 302,905 D-FW viewers while also ranking as Wednesday's most-watched single network program among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds.

Here are the D-FW debate numbers in total viewers:

ABC -- 234,063
Fox -- 220,294
Fox News Channel -- 206,526
NBC -- 185,873
CBS -- 158,337
CNN -- 137,684
Univision -- 117,031
PBS -- 103,263
MSNBC -- 75,726
CNBC -- 6,884

That's a grand total of -- ding, ding, ding -- 1,445,681 viewers. And that's enough on 10 networks to edge the Dallas Cowboys' first regular season game against the Giants on NBC. It drew 1,348,046 viewers.

In train wreck TV news, the Texas Rangers' Wednesday afternoon collapse at Oakland averaged 206,526 viewers on Fox Sports Southwest, with a peak crowd of 261,600 between 5:15 and 5:30 p.m. Friday night's single elimination wild card game against the visiting Baltimore Orioles will be on TBS.

Here are the local news derby results:

WFAA8 won at 10 p.m. in total viewers while Fox4 remained solid among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming) with its second straight win.

Fox4, NBC5 and WFAA8 tied for first at 6 a.m. in total viewers; Fox4 had a slim edge with 25-to-54-year-olds.

WFAA8 swept the 6 p.m. competitions. At 5 p.m., the Peacock and WFAA8 tied for first in total viewers while Fox4 and WFAA8 shared the 25-to-54 golds.