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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., Oct. 23) -- Absent the Astros and brevity, Game 1 of World Series pops up compared to last year's opener

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Compare and contrast.

Last October’s Game 1 of the World Series, played in a remarkably crisp two hours, 28 minutes and including a Texas team, easily bested this year’s 3 hour, 52 minute opener without any (more or less) local angle.

The Los Angeles Dodgers’ 3-1 win over the Houston Astros averaged 391,716 D-FW viewers, with 156,030 in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old age range. Tuesday night’s 8-4 win by the Boston Red Sox over the Dodgers fell hard to 274,143 total viewers and 87,557 in the 18-to-49 realm.

Both games were on Fox, which can be comforted by the wall-to-wall World Series win among 18-to-49ers despite Tuesday night’s big year-to-year drop off in that key demographic. Competition included NBC’s The Voice and This Is Us, CBS’ NCIS and ABC’s The Conners.

Among total viewers, NCIS drew the biggest crowd (288,201) while The Voice beat the opening innings of the Series from 7 to 8 p.m. Fox then took control from 8 p.m. until closing.

ABC’s to 7 10 p.m. lineup ran last across the board in total viewers among the Big Four broadcast networks.

Here are Tuesday’s local news derby results, with the November ratings “sweeps” set to fire up on Thursday.

NBC5 won a downsized 10 p.m. race in both total viewers and with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 had twin wins at 6 a.m. while NBC5 swept the 5 p.m. proceedings. At 6 p.m., TEGNA8 drew the most total viewers and Fox4 won among 25-to-54-year-olds.

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