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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs., Oct. 4 plus Friday's final Rangers game)

The Texas Rangers saved their worst for last Friday night while also drawing their biggest TV crowd of the season for the 5-1 banishment by Baltimore.

Playing at home in the American League's first-ever wild card play-in game, the Rangers averaged 571,389 D-FW viewers on out of the way TBS.

That easily eclipsed the previous 2012 season high of 399,672 viewers for Yu Darvish's April 9th Major League debut against the Seattle Mariners on Fox Sports Southwest. Yu again was on the mound Friday night, but his teammates remained in a fog. Still, FSS set at an all-time ratings average high for Rangers games this season. Given the team's down-the-stretch flop, that mark could last for a while.

In Thursday's prime-tiime Nielsens, CBS' 7 p.m. episode of The Big Bang Theory edged Fox's first half-hour of The X Factor by a score of 351,094 viewers to 330,442. The 7:30 to 8 p.m. portion of X Factor (378,631 viewers) then rolled over CBS' runner-up Two and a Half Men (282,252).

CBS' Person of Interest (419,936) and Elementary (302,905) easily won the 8 to 10 p.m. slots in total viewers.

Elementary likewise took the 9 p.m. hour among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds. But X Factor called the tune in this key demographic from 7 to 8 p.m. before ABC's Grey's Anatomy won at 8 p.m.

ABC's second episode of Last Resort ran fourth at 7 p.m. among 18-to-49-year-olds while beating NBC's competing sitcom combo of 30 Rock and Up All Night in total viewers.

Here are Thursday's local news derby numbers:

WFAA8 tied CBS11 for first in total viewers at 10 p.m. before winning outright with 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

Fox4 had a slight edge in total viewers at 6 a.m., with WFAA8 prevailing by a thin margin in the 25-to-54 demographic.

WFAA8 ran the table at 6 p.m. The 5 p.m. firsts went to NBC5 in total viewers and Fox4/NBC5 among 25-to-54-year-olds.