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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., Sept. 8) -- Colbert does what he had to do

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An opening night loss to Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show would have been disastrous.

But that didn’t happen. CBS’ Late Show with Stephen Colbert got off to a solid start Tuesday with decisive if not landslide wins over Fallon in both total D-FW viewers and advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds.

Late Show, which stretched until 11:44 p.m., drew 160,402 total viewers to the Tonight Show’s 90,662. Among 18-to-49-year-olds, Colbert beat Fallon by a score of 59,922 to 31,538.

In both cases, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! trailed far behind, with 41,844 total viewers and 12,615 in the 18-to-49 age range.

NBC otherwise scored big in prime-time with its 7 to 9 p.m. edition of America’s Got Talent, which won those two hours in total viewers (251,064) and 18-to-49-year-olds (91,460).

Fox4’s local 9 p.m. local news then rebounded impressively from a dinky Fox network lead-in to take that hour in both ratings measurements. The news had 209,220 total viewers and 91,460 in the 18-to-49 age range, equaling AGT’s haul.

Over on Fox Sports Southwest, the Texas Rangers continued to play great baseball before smallish TV crowds. Their latest win in a blossoming post-season drive, 9-6 over the Seattle Mariners, pulled Texas to within one game of the Western Division leading Houston Astros. Rangers-Mariners averaged 104,610 total viewers and 40,999 in the 18-to-49 motherlode. Texas also lengthened its Wild Card lead over Minnesota.

Here are Tuesday’s local news derby results.

Fox4 swept the 10 p.m. competitions in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming) while also notching twin wins at 6 a.m.

TEGNA8 ran first in both ratings measurements at 6 p.m. The 5 p.m. spoils went to NBC5 in total viewers and Fox4 among 25-to-54-year-olds.

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