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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon.-Tues., Sept. 9-10) -- singin', dancin', football

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Nearing another climax and with five finalists remaining, NBC’s America’s Got Talent again paced Tuesday’s prime-time pack -- although not that imposingly.

AGT’s latest two-hour bloc led all prime-time programming with 274,143 total D-FW viewers. That’s a ratings deflation from days of yore, when the show got much closer to audiences of half a million. But AGT also triumphed with advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, drawing 72,461 of ‘em after losing last week to ABC’s competing Bachelor In Paradise.

Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast then took that hour in both measurements, with 182,762 total viewers and 54,346 in the 18-to-49 realm.

Monday’s across-the-board prime-time leaders were ESPN’s season-opening pair of Monday Night Football games. The New Orleans Saints-Houston Texans thriller crushed it with an average of 463,934 total viewers before the Oakland Raiders-Denver Broncos matchup drew 295,231. Both games likewise won easily with 18-to-49ers.

Fox4’s 9 p.m. newscast was the runner-up draw opposite football with 161,674 total viewers.

Here are the four-way local news derby results for Monday and Tuesday.

Monday -- WFAA8 won in total viewers at 10 p.m. while Fox4 was tops with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 added a 6 a.m. sweep and also won at 5 and 6 p.m. with 25-to-54-year-olds. NBC5 broke through with the most total viewers at 5 p.m. and WFAA8 ran first in that measurement at 6 p.m.

Tuesday -- NBC5 took the 10 p.m. gold in total viewers and Fox4 won again with 25-to-54-year-olds.

At 6 a.m., Fox4 ran first in total viewers, but WFAA8 rose up to take the 25-to-54-year-old crown.

Fox4 repeated its 5 and 6 p.m. wins with 25-to-54-year-olds. WFAA8 won in total viewers at 5 p.m. and shared the 6 p.m. lead in that measurement with NBC5.

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