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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs., Oct. 1) -- yes, football outdraws Rangers' post-season clincher

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The Texas Rangers hit a new regular season ratings high Thursday night with their post-season clinching win over the Angels. It wasn’t nearly enough, though, to beat the competing out-of-town NFL game between the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers.

CBS’ Thursday Night Football, in which Baltimore beat Pittsburgh in overtime with a winning field goal at 10:49 p.m., averaged 361,202 D-FW viewers. Tack on another 84,989 for the NFL Network simulcast and that’s a grand total of 446,191 viewers.

The Rangers weighed in with 254,966 viewers on Fox Sports Southwest. That was easily good enough to beat all network entertainment programming -- except football.

Rangers-Angels peaked at 339,955 viewers for the closing minutes of the game. Ravens-Steelers hit a high point of 410,779 viewers on CBS alone between 10:30 and 10:45 p.m.

Among Thursday night’s non-sports attractions, ABC’s 8 p.m. episode of Scandal drew the biggest crowd with 205,390 viewers. It also ranked highest among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds with a haul of 88,920. Football drew almost three times the number of 18-to-49-year-olds with a combined average of 260,407 on CBS and NFL Net. The Rangers also easily outdrew Scandal with an average of 120,677 viewers in this key demographic.

The second episodes of NBC’s new Heroes Reborn and The Player drew just 77,906 total viewers apiece to rank lowest among the Big Four broadcast networks. Both series also fared poorly among 18-to-49-year-olds, with The Player ranking lowest for the night (25,406) while Heroes Reborn had 31,757 to finish just ahead of Fox’s competing season premiere of Bones (28,581).

Here are Thursday’s local news derby results.

TEGNA8 comfortably won a downsized three-way competition at 10 p.m. in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 had the most total viewers at 6 a.m., but NBC5 ran first with 25-to-54-year-olds.

CBS11 won in total viewers at 6 p.m. while TEGNA8 was tops with 25-to-54-year-olds. TEGNA8 had the most total viewers at 5 p.m. and tied Fox4 for the lead among 25-to-54-year-olds.

LOCAL NEWS NOTE: -- CBS11 has tweaked its weekday 4 p.m. news team by moving Lisa Villegas to the meteorologist slot and transferring Jeff Jamison to the weekend evening and late night newscasts. Ken Molestina and Gilma Avalos remain as the 4 p.m. news anchors.

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