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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., Oct. 26) -- Game 2 of World Series inches past opener

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The Chicago Cubs’ 5-1 win over the Cleveland Indians in Game 2 of the World Series started early, still stretched to 10:12 p.m. and managed to slide past Game 1’s overall audience in Wednesday’s D-FW Nielsens.

The threat of late night rain, which materialized, pushed the opening pitch up one hour on Fox. That meant a slow early evening ratings start for Game 2, which averaged 385,368 total viewers. Game 1 finished close behind with 363,555 viewers.

Among advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds, though, Game 2 came up a bit short with 150,734 viewers compared to Game 1’s 153,941.

The World Series beat all competing programming in both ratings measurements, with NBC’s 8 p.m. episode of Law & Order: SVU (196,320 total viewers) drawing the second biggest crowd. ABC’s 8:30 p.m. episode of Modern Family was the runner-up among 18-to-49-year-olds with 86,592.

Here are Wednesday’s local news derby results on the eve of the early-starting November “sweeps” ratings period.

NBC5 won a downsized 10 p.m. race in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 ran the table at both 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. NBC5 stayed strong at 6 p.m. with twin wins. Fox4’s 6 p.m. news was knocked out by the start of the World Series.

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