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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Sun., Nov. 15-17) -- Cowboys' bye week passes baton to Broncos-Chiefs

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The Dallas Cowboys’ annual bye week meant there were no million sellers over the weekend. That doesn’t mean the NFL went unwatched, though.

The marquee Sunday Night Football game on NBC between the Denver Broncos and no longer undefeated Kansas City Chiefs stretched all the way until 11:08 p.m. D-FW audiences dwindled as the game went on and Broncos’ QB Peyton Manning remained upright all night in the face of the Chiefs’ supposedly lethal pass rush. Still, the game averaged 639,117 viewers with a high of 795,346 between 8:30 and 8:45 p.m.

Fox’s featured NFL matchup, New Orleans vs. San Francisco, drew a very nice-sized 518,395 viewers following Fox’s noon-starting Eagles-Redskins game (383,471 viewers).

Sunday night’s premiere of Fox’s futuristic Almost Human came in second from 7 to 8 p.m. with 269,849 viewers. It also beat non-football programming in that hour among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds with 120,498 of ‘em. But AMC’s latest new episode of The Walking Dead lead all un-NFL programming Sunday night with 276,951 total viewers and 188,889 in the 18-to-49 demographic.

Fox also had a big Saturday with a pair of high octane college football games. Baylor’s stomping of Texas Tech in Jerry’s Palace paced the nighttime numbers with 333,761 total viewers. Oklahoma State’s preceding rout of Texas, also on Fox, averaged 198,836 viewers to dominate the afternoon ratings.

It was business as usual in Friday’s prime-time ratings. CBS’ Blue Bloods again had the most total viewers (241,444) while ABC’s Shark Tank reigned with 18-to-49-year-olds (61,877).

Here are Friday’s local news derby numbers, with eight weekdays left to be counted before the November “sweeps” ratings period ends on Thanksgiving eve.

CBS11 won at 10 p.m. for the fourth straight weekday in total viewers, but Fox4 had the most 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

It continued to be no contest at 6 a.m., with Fox4 rolling to another pair of twin wins. The station also had the most 25-to-54-year-olds at 5 p.m.

NBC5 led in total viewers at 5 p.m. The 6 p.m. golds went to CBS11 in total viewers and WFAA8 among 25-to-54-year-olds.

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