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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Mon., Sept. 2-5) -- Longhorns steer a mega college football weekend

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Unranked Texas’ crazy double overtime win over No. 9 Notre Dame led college football’s parade of high wattage games over the holiday weekend.

Airing Sunday night on ABC and stretching until almost 10:45 p.m., Texas’ 50-47 victory averaged 524,098 D-FW viewers with a peak of 672,828 for the closing minutes.

NBC’s competing NASCAR race spun out with just 70,824 total viewers.

On Saturday, ABC scored highest with a late morning/afternoon game in which Houston upset No. 3 Oklahoma. It drew 276,214 viewers before Uncle Barky’s Wisconsin Badgers shocked No. 5 Louisiana State on ABC and attracted 184,142 viewers. That game was outdrawn by CBS’ competing Texas A&M-UCLA game, which went into overtime and averaged 198,307 viewers. A&M prevailed.

On Saturday night, defending national champ Alabama’s dismantling of USC at Jerry’s Palace was the day’s overall second biggest draw with 219,554 viewers on ABC. Over on Fox Sports Southwest, the competing TCU-South Dakota State game had 84,989 viewers. TCU played little defense against a second-tier opponent while winning 59-41.

Finally, Labor Day night’s big college game, with Florida State storming back in the second half to beat Mississippi, averaged 247,884 viewers on ESPN to outdraw all other programming. NBC’s 7 to 9 p.m. edition of American Ninja Warrior took the silver with 198,307 viewers.

Here are Friday’s local news derby results, with Monday thrown out because all four major combatants took holiday exemptions.

CBS11 won at 10 p.m. in both total viewers and with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

The other battlegrounds likewise were sweeps. Fox4 had twin wins at 6 a.m. and NBC5 ran first across the board at both 5 and 6 p.m.

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