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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon., Oct. 27)

Fox's rain-soaked, eventually suspended World Series telecast again popped up Monday in largely disinterested D-FW.

Baseball fans, including this one, watched closely as Game 5 produced a last-gasp, 2-2 tie in the middle of the sixth inning before continuing heavy rain suspended further play at 9:45 p.m. The game won't resume until Wednesday night at the earliest. Bad weather already has officially washed out any resumption of play Tuesday between the visiting Tampa Bay Rays and Philadelphia Phillies.

In Monday night's final, drama-filled final 45 minutes, the Series beat only NBC's all-but-dead My Own Worst Enemy in the total homes Nielsens. But among advertiser-craved 18-to-49-year-olds, Game 5 muscled up and took the top spot from 9 to 9:45 p.m., outscoring CBS' repeat of CSI: Miami, ABC's Boston Legal and, of course, My Own Worst Enemy.

Monday otherwise produced another big haul for ABC's latest 90-minute chunk of Dancing with the Stars, which drew 270,352 total homes to lead all prime-time programming. ABC's Samantha Who? then cleaned up nicely with a league-leading 221,640 D-FW homes from 8:30 to 9 p.m.

Samantha Who? also ranked No. 1 in that half-hour with 18-to-49-year-olds; Dancing beat CBS' competing Two and a Half Men repeat in its closing half-hour, but was edged from 7 to 8 p.m. by CBS's rerun twosome of The Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother.

In Monday's local news derby, WFAA8 as usual cruised at 10 p.m., flattening its three news rivals in total homes and with 25-to-54-year-olds. WFAA8 also had twin wins at 6 p.m.

Fox4 ran the table at 6 a.m. and NBC5 did likewise at 5 p.m. The four-week November "sweeps" competition, which starts on Thursday, promises interesting ratings races in these two combat zones. WFAA8 otherwise has a hammer-lock on the 6 and 10 p.m. showdowns.