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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., Oct. 27) -- to the midnight hour for Game 1 of World Series

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A leadoff inside the park home run, a 4th inning power failure that knocked out Fox’s pictures, a game-tying ninth inning homer and 14 innings before the Kansas City Royals finally walked off with a win against the New York Mets.

Otherwise, Game 1 of the World Series had nothing.

It ran from 7:07 p.m. to 12:18 a.m., mostly on Fox but partly on MLB International after “technical difficulties” (two blown generators) at least served to temporarily silence irksome analyst Harold Reynolds. The ratings in D-FW began dwindling after 11 p.m. while the first two hours of Game 1 sequentially were outdrawn by CBS’ NCIS and NBC’s The Voice. Too bad, because this one ranked right up there with the best opening games in World Series history. And in fact, might be at the very top of the list.

The entire Game 1 averaged 290,378 viewers, with peak crowds of 361,202 between 9:15 and 930 p.m. and 10 and 10:15 p.m. In the last full 15-minute increment (midnight to 12:15 a.m.), the audience had dipped to 184,142 viewers.

Among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, Game 1 outdrew everything except NBC’s 8 p.m. edition of The Voice. Overall it averaged 117,501 viewers in this key demographic. The Voice pulled in 136,555 viewers in the 18-to-49 realm.

ABC’s latest new series premiere, the serial killer drama Wicked City, pretty much got buried alive in the 9 p.m. hour. It ran a distant fourth among the Big Four broadcast networks with 77,906 total viewers, but tied CBS’ competing Limitless for third place with 18-to-49-year-olds (47,636 apiece).

Here are Tuesday’s local news derby results, with the November “sweeps” ratings period starting on Thursday.

NBC5 and Fox4 collected all the spoils. The Peacock won 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).

NBC5 also swept the 6 p.m. competitions and added a 5 p.m. win in total viewers. Fox4 as usual ran the table at 6 a.m. and also ran first at 5 p.m. in the 25-to-54 measurement.

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