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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Sun., Oct. 13-15) -- Texas-OU helps to fill Cowboy-less void

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The weekend came and went without the Dallas Cowboys, who were in their bye week. So nothing approached a million-plus viewers, but Fair Park’s annual “Red River” Shootout” averaged about one-third of a typical Cowboys crowd in easily topping all college football games.

Won 29-24 by Oklahoma after a big Texas comeback, the game stretched to 6:23 p.m. Saturday on ESPN and drew 398,838 D-FW viewers. The TV crowd peaked past a half-million viewers (569,768 to be exact) for the closing minutes.

Mostly airing opposite Texas-OU, Fox’s Game 2 of the Houston Astros-New York Yankees ALCS series (the first post-season clash on a free, over-the-air broadcast network) averaged a comparatively paltry 99,709 viewers. But it did comfortably outdraw CBS’ LSU-Auburn game (71,221) and ABC’s Miami-Georgia Tech game (42,733), both of which aired opposite baseball.

On Sunday, a pair of NFL match ups both edged Texas-OU. CBS’ late afternoon/early evening clash, Steelers vs. Chiefs, averaged 420,204 viewers while NBC’s Sunday Night Football -- Giants-Broncos -- ranked as the day’s overall top draw with 427,326 viewers.

Friday’s prime-time attractions were led by CBS’ 9 p.m. episode of Blue Bloods (220,785 viewers) while ABC’s 7 p.m. hour of Once Upon A Time was tops with advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds (34,327).

Here are Friday’s local news derby results.

NBC5 had the most total viewers at 10 p.m., but Fox4 won among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

The Peacock enjoyed twin wins at 6 a.m., where Fox4 generally prevails. And NBC5 also ran the table at 6 p.m.

TEGNA8 broke through to win in total viewers at 5 p.m. and shared the 25-to-54 lead with NBC5.

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