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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Sun., March 4-6) -- Dead, Downton outpoint Dems

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Well, they’re not the Republicans and they don’t have Donald Trump spouting “Little Marco” and “Lyin’ Ted.”

In an already conservative-leaning market like D-FW, that means substantially diminished ratings for Democratic presidential candidate debates between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Sunday night’s prime-time encounter, originating from embattled Flint, Michigan and airing on CNN, averaged just 77,906 total viewers and 31,757 in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old demographic. Thursday night’s GOP insult-fest on Fox News Channel had respective totals of 453,274 and 123,852 viewers.

AMC’s 8 p.m. episode of The Walking Dead led all programming with 262,049 total viewers and another eye-popping haul of 168,312 in the 18-to-49-year-old demographic. PBS’ happy ending-soaked 90-minute finale of Downton Abbey drew 219,554 total viewers and 50,811 within the 18-to-49 age range.

ABC’s second episode of The Family, which aired opposite all three of the above, managed to draw 84,989 total viewers, with 31,747 in the 18-to-49 realm.

In Friday’s prime time tallies, CBS’ Blue Bloods led in total viewers with 169,978 while ABC’s Last Man Standing was tops with 18-to-49-year-olds (41,284).

Here are Friday’s local news derby results.

TEGNA8 and CBS11 tied for the most viewers at 10 p.m. while Fox4 nipped NBC5 for the lead among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 again swept the 6 a.m. competitions and also added twin wins at 5 p.m.

TEGNA8 drew the most total viewers at 6 p.m. and tied NBC5 for first place among 25-to-54-year-olds.

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