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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., June 22) -- Rangers clean up

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Fox Sports Southwest continues to enjoy itself this summer, with the first-place Texas Rangers again beating the best the Big Four networks have to offer.

The North Texas Nine started another winning streak Wednesday night by beating the lowly visiting Cincinnati Reds 6-4. The game led all programming in both total viewers (198,307) and advertiser-craved 18-to-49-year-olds (76,217). And starting Friday night, the marquee Boston Red Sox and “Big Papi” come to town. It will only get better ratings-wise.

Except for ABC, the Big Four Broadcast networks weren’t just throwing reruns out there. CBS and Fox had all-new lineups and NBC offered a new episode of The Night Shift at 9 p.m.

Fox’s 7 p.m. episode of Masterchef ran a distant second in total viewers with 127,483 while CBS’ 7 to 9 p.m. edition of Big Brother was the runner-up among 18-to-49-year-olds (53,987).

CBS’ 9 p.m. premiere of the murder mystery drama series American Gothic limped in with 63,742 total viewers and 19,054 in the 18-to-49 age range. It outdrew only ABC’s competing comedy reruns at that hour.

Here are Wednesday’s local news derby results.

TEGNA8 swept the 10 p.m. competitions for the second weeknight in a row with wins in total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 had twin wins at 6 a.m. NBC5 ran the table at 6 p.m. and won in total viewers at 5 p.m. Fox4 and NBC5 shared the 5 p.m. lead with 25-to-54-year-olds.

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