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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs., Oct. 11) -- Foxes run atop vp debate numbers

D-FW viewers flocked to Fox News Channel and Fox for Thursday night's veep debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan.

The two networks were atop the Nielsen scorecard for the 8 to 9:30 p.m. sit-down with moderator Martha Raddatz. Here's the scorecard in total viewers:

Fox News Channel -- 254,715
Fox -- 192,758
CBS/Univision -- 185,873 apiece
ABC -- 178,989
NBC -- 137,684
CNN -- 96,379
PBS/MSNBC -- 48,189 apiece
CNBC -- 13,768

That's a 10-network total of 1,342,417 viewers. Last week's first presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney had 1,445,681 D-FW viewers on these same 10 networks. So pretty close, huh?

CBS' comedy combo of The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men led the 7 to 8 p.m. debate warmups with 406,168 and 337,326 viewers respectively. That was enough to roll over Fox's The X Factor (268,484 viewers) while ABC's third episode of Last Resort made a decent third place showing with 185,873 viewers.

The CBS sitcoms also won the 7 p.m. hour among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds. Last Resort fell to fourth place, a bit behind NBC's 30 Rock and Up All Night.

The CW's premiere of Beauty and the Beast drew 48,189 total viewers from 8 to 9 p.m., with 28,705 hitting the 18-to-49 motherlode.

Here are Thursday's four-way local news derby results:

WFAA8 won at 10 p.m. in total viewers but Fox4 was tops with 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

WFAA8 rode into first place in both measurements at 6 a.m. while Fox4 likewise swept the 5 p.m. competitions.

The 6 p.m. trophies went to WFAA8 in total viewers and Fox4 among 25-to-54-year-olds.