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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs., Aug. 9)

A big dose of the Dallas Cowboys put Fox4 in a dominant position Thursday night.

The opening pre-season game against Indianapolis, which ran from 7 to 9:43 p.m., drew an overall average of 486,601 D-FW homes. That's slightly more than triple the crowd for the most-watched competing program. A CBS repeat of Without A Trace drew 161,840 homes from 9 to 10 p.m.

Fox4 also rode the Cowboys to a rare 10 p.m. newscast win in both total homes and with 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming. The station again the controlled the 6 a.m. news ratings and won at 6 p.m. as well in both ratings measurements. And the 7 to 9 a.m. portion of its Good Day whipped the three network morning shows.

Belo8 broke through with twin wins at 5 p.m. to keep Fox4 from achieving a rare double grand slam in the daily local news competitions.