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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon., Sept. 14) -- MNF's Eagles-Falcons fly highest

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As expected, Game 1 of a crucial Texas Rangers-Houston Astros series fell far short of the crowd for ESPN’s competing Eagles-Falcons game on Monday Night Football.

Atlanta’s 26-24 win, with the game ending at 9:14 p.m., averaged 425,414 D-FW viewers, with 195,536 in the advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-old demographic.

The Rangers’ 5-3 home win, which pulled them to within a half-game of the first-place Astros, had 167,376 total viewers on Fox Sports Southwest and 66,230 within the 18-to-49 age range. Let’s finally admit that Josh Hamilton had it right. This is not a baseball town. Not that there’s any joy in saying that when two pro football teams from afar draw well more than twice as many viewers as the pennant-chasing North Texas Nine.

ESPN’s second MNF attraction, the San Francisco 49ers 20-3 win over the Minnesota Vikings, also outdrew Rangers-Astros with an average of 313,830 total viewers and 189,228 in the 18-to-49 motherlode.

In the broadcast network arena, ABC’s latest season premiere of Dancing with the Stars got off to a strong start by winning from 7 to 9 p.m. among non-cable attractions with 362,648 total viewers. Somewhat surprisingly, DWTS also beat the 7 to 9 p.m. portion of NBC’s American Ninja Warrior in the key 18-to-49 measurement. The concluding 9 p.m. hour of Ninja’s season finale then ran first in both total viewers and 18-to-49-year-olds.

Monday’s other dancing show, the two-hour season finale of Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance, came up a wallflower with just 69,740 total viewers.

In the late night wars, Week 2 began with NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon outdrawing CBS’ Late Show with Stephen Colbert in both total viewers (97,636 to 69,740) and 18-to-49-year-olds (a 50,461 to 18,923 thumping).

Here are Monday’s local news derby results.

TEGNA8 had the most total viewers at 10 p.m. while NBC5 ran first among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

The Peacock also notched twin wins at 6 a.m. while TEGNA8 did likewise at 6 p.m. The 5 p.m. golds were split between TEGNA8 in total viewers and Fox4 in the 25-to-54 demographic.

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