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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Sun., Aug. 31-Sept. 3) -- Friday night Rangers edge Saturday night football from Jerry's Palace

A more competitive game would have helped.

Still, it's pretty impressive when a Friday night Texas Rangers-Cleveland Indians game can outdraw a prime-time Saturday face-off between two marquee college football programs. In olden days -- pretty much all seasons before this record-setting one -- few if any regular season Rangers games could have stood up to a big-time college football game on a Big Four broadcast network.

Friday's 5-3 Rangers win averaged 209,997 D-FW viewers on TXA21. Alabama's 41-14 drubbing of Michigan at Jerry's Cowboys Palace averaged 189,675 viewers on ABC Saturday night.

Texas-Cleveland also had a bigger peak audience, with 311,609 viewers between 8:45 and 9 p.m. Alabama-Michigan topped out at 264,190 viewers between 9:30 and 9:45 p.m.

It should be noted, however, that Saturday night's Rangers-Indians game on Fox Sports Southwest fell short of football with 142,256 viewers.

The Rangers' Labor Day afternoon win at Kansas City had a decent-sized 182,901 viewers on Fox Sports Southwest. That made it the holiday's second most-watched TV attraction, behind Fox4's 9 p.m. local newscast (223,545 viewers). But because of its "H" for holiday designation, the newscast's numbers don't officially count in Nielsen's tabulations.

The Sunday afternoon Rangers game at Cleveland, also on FSS, averaged 196,449 viewers to easily rank as the day's No. 1 TV attraction in D-FW.

Sunday night's summer season finale of AMC's Breaking Bad had 88,063 viewers, with an impressive chunk of them -- 60,844 -- within the advertiser-prized 18-to-49 motherlode.

Sunday's 7 to 10 p.m. portion of the Jerry Lewis-less MDA telethon on TXA21 averaged just 9,484 total viewers, with "hashmarks" (no measurable audience) for its closing half-hour.

Here are Friday's local news derby numbers:

WFAA8 ran first at 10 p.m. in total viewers, but Fox4 continued its strong run among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming) with a comfy win over WFAA8.

Fox4 narrowly won at 6 a.m. in total viewers while tying WFAA8 for the top spot among 25-to-54-year-olds.

WFAA8 ran the table at 6 p.m. and added a 5 p.m. win 25-to-54-year-olds. Fox4 and WFAA8 shared the 5 p.m. gold in total viewers.