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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs., Sept. 24) -- football's on top while Heroes Reborn also scores

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CBS’ Thursday Night Football dominated all of the night’s network programming with the New York Giants win over the Washington Redskins in an NFC East matchup that still left both teams behind the division’s first-place Dallas Cowboys.

The game ran until 10:45 p.m., averaging 397,518 D-FW viewers and 186,074 in the advertiser-craved 18-to-49-year-old demographic.

NBC’s two-hour premiere of Heroes Reborn, which ran from 7 to 9 p.m., ranked as Thursday’s No. 2 attraction in both ratings measurements. It drew a nice-sized 216,194 total viewers and 100,922 in the 18-to-49 realm. The Peacock followed up with the debut of The Player, which fell to third in the 9 p.m. hour in both total viewers (139,480) and 18-to-49-year-olds (69,384).

The returns of ABC’s three “TGIT” dramas -- Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder -- gave the network third place finishes from 7 to 9 p.m. before HTGAWM moved up to second at 9 p.m.

Fox barely came up for air with a reprise of Tuesday’s two-hour Scream Queens premiere, which had already fared poorly the first time around. This time it bottomed out with a sub-meager 27,896 total viewers and 6,308 in the 18-to-49 age range. Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast then nearly quadrupled those totals but still finished fourth in its time slot.

On Fox Sports Southwest, the first-place Texas Rangers’ afternoon thumping of Oakland averaged 97,636 total viewers.

Here are Thursday’s local news derby results.

TEGNA8 dominated a downsized three-way competition at 10 p.m. with wins in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 as usual swept the 6 a.m. races. At 6 p.m., TEGNA8 and CBS11 tied for the most total viewers, with TEGNA alone on top with 25-to-54-year-olds.

The 5 p.m. firsts went to NBC5 in total viewers while Fox4 and TEGNA8 tied for the most 25-to-54-year-olds.

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