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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon., Sept. 10) -- games' on for NFL

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Monday Night Football’s annual opening doubleheader on ESPN doubled its pleasure by beating all competing TV attractions in both total viewers and with advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds.

The New York Jets’ upset rout of the Detroit Lions led in both measurements with an average of 284,884 total D-FW viewers and 140,427 in the 18-to-49 realm. In late night, the Los Angeles Rams then stifled the Oakland Raiders to the tune of 220,85 total viewers and 106,100 within the 18-to-49 motherlode.

Interestingly, both games came very close to the 50 percent mark with 18-to-49ers while the Dallas Cowboys continue to draw an appreciably lower percentage of these “desirable” viewers. But of course, the Cowboys drew far larger audiences in both measurements even while plunging ratings-wise from last season’s first regular season game.

On the Big Four broadcast networks, Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast ranked as the biggest prime-time draw in total viewers with 192,297. ABC’s two-hour dose of Bachelor in Paradise led among 18-to-49-year-olds (56,171).

in daytime, ABC/TEGNA8’s new reconfigured morning/noon lineup had a rough start. ABC’s extra hour of Good Morning America, which made its 12 p.m. debut, ran third in total viewers behind CBS’ competing soaps and Fox4’s combo of a half-hour local newscast and TMZ. NBC’s Days of Our Lives lagged in fourth.

TEGNA8’s relocated Midday news, moved up an hour to 11 a.m., finished fourth in total viewers.

Among 18-to-49-year-olds, both Midday and GMA ran fourth in their time slots.

Here are Monday’s local news derby results.

NBC5 won in total viewers at 10 p.m. while tying with Fox4 for the top spot with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. competitions and NBC5 did likewise at 5 p.m. The 6 p.m. firsts went to the Peacock in total viewers and Fox4 among 25-to-54-year-olds.

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