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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon., Oct. 12) -- Texas Rangers two-step

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Pick your poison. Either way Monday afternoon and evening, Texas Rangers’ fans were subjected to the virtually non-stop and extraordinarily annoying analysis of Harold Reynolds during a time share on the MLB network and FS1.

Game 4 of the ALDS series, won 8-4 by the visiting Toronto Blue Jays, began shortly after 3 p.m. on MLB instead of FS1 after the Houston Astros’ late inning meltdown versus the Kansas City Royals ran longer than expected. Rangers-Blue Jays then shifted to FS1 at 4:24 p.m., with the game ending at 6:25 p.m.

On MLB, the Rangers averaged 113,318 D-FW viewers. The two-hour FS1 portion then perked up to an average of 262,049 viewers, with a peak audience of 297,461 for the game’s closing minutes.

Ratings clearly are being deflated by the mostly afternoon weekday starting times and the relatively obscure networks televising the Rangers-Blue Jays series. Both of the National League’s best of five post-game series are airing on the appreciably more visible TBS network, which is included in virtually every basic cable or satellite provider package. Wednesday’s deciding Game 5 of the Rangers-Blue Jays face-off also is scheduled as a mid-afternoon day game on FS1.

Elsewhere Monday, CBS’ 7 p.m. episode of The Big Bang Theory again led all prime-time programming with 460,356 total viewers and 203,245 in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old demographic.

The closing 90 minutes of NBC’s The Voice then took over with time slot wins in both audience measurements. At 9 p.m., the Peacock’s Blindspot stayed strong with a pair of wins in competition among the Big Four broadcast networks. Fox’s Minority Report, which may not make it until the November “sweeps” ratings period, continued to rank as Monday’s least-watched prime-time show among the Big Four. Monday’s episode drew just 63,742 total viewers and 31,757 in the 18-to-49 realm.

The CW’s 7 p.m. premiere of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend bombed with 14,165 total viewers and 6,351 in the 18-to-49 motherlode. The following Season 2 launch of Jane the Virgin on the CW trampolined to 28,581 viewers in the latter audience demographic.

On ESPN, the Monday Night Football game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and San Diego Chargers averaged 269,131 total viewers, with an 18-to-49 haul of 136,555.

Here are Monday’s local news derby results.

NBC5 swept the 10 p.m. competitions with wins in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 nipped TEGNA8 for the most total viewers at 6 a.m. while the two stations tied for the most 25-to-54-year-olds.

Fox4 ran the table at 5 p.m. NBC5 and TEGNA8 shared the total viewers lead at 6 p.m., with the Peacock alone on top among 25-to-54-year-olds.

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