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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Sun., Sept. 27-29) -- oh boy oh boy oh boy -- Cowboys, Rangers, Breaking Bad

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The Dallas Cowboys slipped back past the one million viewers mark after dropping below it last week while the Texas Rangers do-or-die march toward Monday night’s elimination game bulked up when it ended opposite halftime of Cowboys-Chargers.

The overall numbers for both attractions were boosted by annual revisions in Nielsen Media Research’s D-FW population estimates, with the higher numbers officially going into effect on Saturday. Each rating point now is worth 71,013 viewers, up from 68,842.

Undermanned San Diego rose up to dismantle Dallas in the second half of the game en route to a 30-21 victory while the Rangers beat the Angels 6-2 to force Monday night’s matchup with Tampa Bay for the right to face Cleveland in Wednesday’s Wild Card “play-in” game.

Cowboys-Chargers, which ran until 6:28 p.m. on Fox, averaged 1,093,600 viewers with a peak crowd of 1,214,322 between 6 and 6:15 p.m. Rangers-Angels, which ended at 5:05 p.m. on Fox Sports Southwest, averaged 220,140 viewers. The end of the game coincided with halftime of the Cowboys game, boosting the Rangers numbers to 284,052 viewers while halftime had 1,065,195 viewers. Still, that’s not all that much of a switch-over. Baseball town? Still gotta go some.

On AMC Sunday night, the 75-minute series finale of Breaking Bad beat the Rangers overall game average with 284,052 viewers, including a very robust 201,915 of them in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old demographic. But BB couldn’t beat NBC’s directly competing New England Patriots-Atlanta Falcons game, which had 553,901 total viewers from 8 to 9:15 p.m. with 301,873 in the 18-to-49 motherlode.

ABC’s premiere of the new drama series Betrayal came up largely empty at 9 p.m., running fifth in its time slot with 113,621 viewers. It moved up to a fourth place tie with CBS’ The Mentalistamong 18-to-49-year-olds.

In Sunday’s early NFL games, Fox’s Seahawks-Texans clash had 433,179 total viewers in easily besting CBS’ competing Vikings-Steelers game (177,533 viewers).

Saturday’s college football cavalcade was led by CBS’ Georgia-LSU square-off, which averaged 248,546 viewers to out-point A&M’s latest “Johnny Football” extravaganza against Arkansas on ESPN2 (205,938 viewers). The Ohio State Buckeyes’ win over Uncle Barky’s gritty alma mater Bucky Badgers drew 120,722 viewers in prime-time on ABC.

Friday’s prime-time Nielsens were paced by the Rangers-Angels game, which averaged a nice-sized 269,849 viewers. Over on Fox, the 7 p.m. premiere of Junior Masterchef had 99,418 viewers to finish second in the Big 4 broadcast network universe behind CBS’ Undercover Boss (198,836 viewers). The two shows likewise ran one-two from 7 to 8 p.m. with 18-to-49-year-olds among the attractions on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox.

Here are Friday’s four-way local news derby results:

Fox4 had a big day, winning at both 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. in total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming. The station also topped the 25-to-54 demographic at 6 and 10 p.m.

WFAA8 took the remaining two golds, logging the most total viewers at 6 and 10 p.m.

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