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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs.-Sun., Oct. 15-18) -- Pats-Colts stand in on Cowboy-less Sunday

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Absent the Dallas Cowboys, who were on their bye week, Sunday Night Football’s marquee matchup between the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts became the center ring sports attraction.

The game averaged 580,757 D-FW viewers, roughly half the crowd for the previous Sunday’s Cowboys-Patriots matchup on CBS. More than half those viewers -- 304,867 -- were in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old demographic.

Sunday night’s game two of baseball’s National League Championship Series between the Mets and the Cubs never had a serious chance. It averaged 77,906 total viewers on TBS, with 31,757 in the 18-to-49 age range. AMC’s 8 p.m. episode of The Walking Dead had respective totals of 269,131 and 187,366 viewers.

CBS’ late afternoon/early evening NFL game, with the Green Bay Packers outlasting the San Diego Chargers, was the day’s No. 2 draw with an average of 566,592 total viewers and 241,353 in the 18-to-49 realm. It was picked up in progress after CBS aired the conclusion of Denver’s overtime win over Cleveland.

Saturday’s college football ratings were led by Alabama’s afternoon pasting of Texas A&M. The game averaged 290,378 total viewers on CBS. NBC’s Saturday Night Live, with Tracy Morgan returning to host after a long recovery from a near-fatal car accident, drew 212,472 total viewers.

On Friday night, Fox’s prime-time telecast of game one of the American League Championship Series (Royals vs. Blue Jays) averaged 141,648 total viewers and 53,987 in the 18-to-49 motherlode.

In total viewers, it ran behind CBS’ regular lineup of The Amazing Race, Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods while also being outdrawn by ABC’s Dr. Ken and Shark Tank. Among 18-to-49-year-olds, baseball got outscored by Dr. Ken and Shark Tank and NBC’s Undateable and premiere of Truth Be Told. The ALCS tied ABC’s 20/20 for first place with 18-to-49-year-olds in the 9 p.m. hour.

Baseball also took it in the teeth on Thursday night with the deciding game five between the Mets and Dodgers. It averaged 92,071 total viewers on TBS compared to the combined 396,614 who watched Thursday Night Football (Saints vs. Falcons) on CBS and the NFL Network.

Here are the Thursday and Friday local news derby results.

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

Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. competitions and NBC5 did likewise at 5 p.m. The 6 p.m. golds went to CBS11 in total viewers and Fox4 in the 25-to-54 measurement.

Friday -- CBS11 had the most total viewers at 10 p.m. but TEGNA won among 25-to-54-year-olds.

Fox4 again ran the table at 6 a.m. TEGNA8 had the most total viewers at 6 p.m. while Fox4 prevailed in the 25-to-54 realm.

NBC5 ran first in total viewers at 5 p.m. and tied Fox4 for the top spot with 25-to-54-year-olds.

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