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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Sun., Oct. 26-28) -- Games 4 & 5 of World Series split doubleheader opposite college/pro football

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Despite two history-rich teams competing, Fox’s World Series between the victorious Boston Red Sox and the again defeated Los Angeles Dodgers had a tough go in the weekend D-FW ratings.

Saturday night’s Game 4 narrowly outscored ABC’s competing Texas-Oklahoma State game by a score of 281,172 total viewers to 267,113. Sunday’s climactic Game 5 couldn’t quite overcome opposition from NBC’s Sunday Night Football. The Peacock’s New Orleans Saints-Minnesota Vikings matchup averaged 365,524 viewers while the World Series clocked in at 358,494.

Among advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds, Texas-Oklahoma State outdrew the World Series on Saturday night before Game 5 and Sunday Night Football basically finished in a tie via rounded-off Nielsen numbers. Sunday’s final game of the World Series benefited from a big lead-in from Fox’s Los Angeles Rams-Green Bay Packers game, which was the day’s most-watched TV attraction in total viewers with 520,168 while also ranking No. 1 among 18-to-49ers.

Now let’s move to Friday’s record 18-inning, 7 hour and 20 minute Game 3 of the World Series, which didn’t end until a walk-off home run by the Dodgers at precisely 2:30 a.m. How many total viewers were still watching (or sleeping with their TV sets still on) in the game’s final quarter-hour? The Nielsen numbers say that 133,567 of you (and me) were still tuned in. The audience for the game peaked at 302,260 total viewers between 9:45 and 10 p.m.

Opposite Friday’s Game 3, the only one won by the Dodgers, CBS’ 9 p.m. episode of Blue Bloods ranked as the runner-up TV attraction with 231,967 total viewers.

Here are Friday’s local news derby results for the second weekday of the November “sweeps” ratings period.

CBS11, an early contender at 10 p.m., won a downsized three-way race in both total viewers and with 25-to-54-year-olds.

Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. competitions, with TEGNA8 blighted by “hashmarks” (no measurable audience) in the 25-to-54-year-old ratings at 5 p.m.

The 6 p.m. firsts were split between NBC5 in total viewers and Fox4 in the 25-to-54 demographic.

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