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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., Oct. 29) -- Game 7 classic gives Fox a clean sweep

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The ratings have shown time and again that D-FW is not very big on baseball unless the Texas Rangers are topping the American League standings or competing in the post-season. Otherwise, zzzzzzz -- compared to many other TV markets.

But attention must be paid when the World Series offers a rare Game 7 in addition to a classic clutch performance by Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner. Nielsen numbers for Wednesday’s 3-2 Giants win over the Royals at least were in the vicinity of an average Sunday Night Football game. And they were more than good enough to dominate the prime-time terrain.

Ending at 10:21 p.m., Game 7 averaged 474,232 viewers and 220,766 in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old demographic. The total viewers audience peaked at 641,608 between 9 and 9:15 p.m. The 18-to-49 high came in that 15-minute segment and and during the closing minutes of the game, when 309,072 viewers were tuned in.

Opposite the World Series, CBS’ 8 p.m. episode of Criminal Minds took Wednesday night’s runner-up spot in total viewers with 251,064 while ABC’s 8 p.m. episode of Modern Family led among 18-to-49-year-olds (88,306).

On the eve of the November “sweeps” ratings period, which starts on Halloween eve, here are the local news derby results.

Gannett8 won a downsized three-way race at 10 p.m. in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

The 6 a.m. golds were split between NBC5 in total viewers and Fox4 in the 25-to-54 demographic.

A three-way 6 p.m. race (Fox4 had a World Series pre-game show) was won by CBS11 in total viewers and Gannett8 with 25-to-54-year-olds.

Gannett8 ran first at 5 p.m. in total viewers and shared the 25-to-54 lead with CBS11.

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