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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon., June 8) -- where were you when TCU finally won?

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It took a while. And in the end, only the strong survived TCU’s trip to the College World Series via a 16-inning, 5-4 win over Texas A&M that stretched all the way to 1:02 a.m. on ESPN.

The game averaged 83,688 D-FW viewers, with a peak crowd of 160,402 between 10:45 and 11 p.m. (Nielsen measures in 15-minute increments.) By the time TCU scored the winning run, on a throwing error by A&M’s 3rd baseman, a total of 90,662 viewers remained in tune -- or perhaps sound asleep on their couches with the TV still on.

A&M and TCU batters combined to strike out a total of 39 times (A&M had 25 of them) and walk 19 times (TCU had 11 of them). Not the most elegant game ever played, but very tense for those who had strong rooting interests in one of the teams.

Meanwhile, Monday’s prime-time parade was led by Fox4’s 9 p.m. local news in total viewers (209,220) and NBC’s 7 to 9 p.m. edition of American Ninja Warrior among advertiser-craved 18-to-49-year-olds (100,922).

ABC’s 9 p.m. episode of the new The Whispers continued to struggle by finishing fourth in its time slot with total viewers and moving up a notch to third (a wisp ahead of CBS’ NCIS: Los Angeles repeat) in the 18-to-49 demographic.

Here are Monday’s four-way local news derby results.

Gannett8 and CBS11 shared the 10 p.m. lead in total viewers but Fox4 easily had the most 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

The remaining competitions were sweeps. Fox4 had twin wins at both 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. while NBC5 controlled the 5 p.m. turf.

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