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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., Oct. 16) -- Senate debate on TEGNA8 outdraws ABC's debuts of The Conners, The Rookie

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This is really something. TEGNA8’s 8 p.m. U.S. Senate debate from Houston between Republican incumbent Ted Cruz and Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke easily outdrew parent network ABC’s debuts of both The Conners and The Rookie, starring fan fave Nathan Fillion.

The one-hour 8 p.m. face-off, which preempted ABC’s season premieres of blackish and Splitting Up Together, had 260,084 D-FW viewers and 78,499 within the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old demographic.

In comparison, ABC’s Roseanne-less The Conners led off the night at 7 p.m. with 196,820 total viewers and 54,346 in the 18-to-49 realm. At 9 p.m., The Rookie fell to 126,527 total viewers, with 48,307 in the 18-to-49 age range. That ranked it fourth in the 9 p.m. hour in total viewers, but the show’s performance with 18-to-49ers was good enough to win the hour by a small margin over Fox4’s local newscast.

ABC’s 7:30 p.m. premiere of the critically praised sitcom The Kids Are Alright also drew far fewer viewers than the debate in both ratings measurements.

Cruz-O’Rourke impressively ran a solid second at 8 p.m. among 18-to-49-year-olds, almost outpointing NBC’s competing This Is Us (81,518 viewers). In the total viewer Nielsens, the debate ran a very competitive third at 8 p.m. behind This Is Us (281,172 viewers) and CBS’ new FBI (274,143), which had the advantage of another reliably strong lead-in from the network’s 7 p.m. new episode of NCIS (372,553).

Meanwhile on FS1, a few of us Brew Crew loyalists stayed up until 1:26 a.m. to witness a 2-1 extra innings loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. In the final quarter hour of the game -- 1:15 to 1:30 a.m., a total of 21,088 viewers were still watching, with 9,058 in the 18-to-49 age range.

OK, here are Tuesday’s local news derby results.

CBS11 swept the 10 p.m. competitions in both total viewers and with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 as usual/always did likewise at 6 a.m., where it hasn’t lost a single weekday since Good Friday.

At 6 p.m., NBC5 won in total viewers and Fox4 was tops with 25-to-54-year-olds. The Peacock also led in total viewers at 5 p.m. while sharing the 25-to-54 gold with Fox4.

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