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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Mon., Aug. 29-Sept. 1) -- Jerry's latest college football showcase tops holiday weekend attractions

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Nothing really jumped off the charts on a holiday weekend in which many prospective viewers chose activities other than TV watching.

Saturday night’s Florida State-Oklahoma State matchup from Jerry’s Palace emerged as the top draw with 220,140 D-FW viewers on ABC.

That left Fox’s competing USC-Fresno State game on a starvation diet with 14,203 viewers. ESPN fared better Saturday night with Wisconsin vs. LSU (92,317 viewers), in which the Badgers (and their coaches) blew a 17 point second-half lead. This led to a stupefied Uncle Barky (a UW alum) watching Elvis Presley’s Clambake movie on AXS TV. Even that was easier to take.

ABC also scored with Saturday afternoon’s Alabama-West Virginia matchup, which averaged 163,330 viewers to crunch all competing attractions. NBC’s alternative, Notre Dame vs. Rice, put up token resistance with 42,608 viewers.

Sunday night’s Baylor-SMU game on Fox Sports 1, in which the Bears destroyed the Mustangs, drew 85,216 viewers. ABC’s truncated two-hour Muscular Dystrophy “telethon,” which aired only from 8 to 10 p.m. Sunday, averaged a scant 14,203 viewers.

Labor Day’s prime-time ratings were topped by CBS’ 9 p.m. episode of Under the Dome, which drew 163,330 viewers. But NBC’s 7 p.m. edition of Running Wild with Bear Grylls had the most advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds (78,161).

Three of the four major local TV news providers -- Fox4, Gannett8 and CBS11 -- took holiday knees on Labor Day. NBC5 chose to have its numbers counted, which doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things. So let’s move on to Friday’s local news derby results, in which all four stations entered the arena.

CBS11 had the most viewers at 10 p.m. while NBC5 reigned with 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

Fox4 and NBC5 shared the 6 a.m. golds in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds.

CBS11 ran the table at 5 p.m. and added a 6 p.m. win in total viewers. Fox4 and CBS11 tied for the most 25-to-54-year-olds at 6 p.m.

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