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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon., June 9) -- NBC's Ninja, Fox's 24 set pace

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D-FW viewers opted for heavy-duty action and pressure-cookers Monday night.

Fox’s Masterchef led the 7 p.m. hour with 191,735 viewers and 91,188 in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old demographic.

The network’s 24: Live Another Day then led from 8 to 9 p.m. in total viewers with 241,444 total viewers. But among 18-to-49-year-olds, it was wiped out by the first hour of NBC’s American Ninja Warrior by a score of 123,755 to 94,444.

Ninja also easily won from 9 to 10 p.m. with 18-to-49-year-olds while holding off Fox4’s local newscast for the top spot in total viewers (184,634 to 170,431).

Diane Sawyer’s 8 p.m. interview on ABC with Hillary Clinton drew 142,026 viewers to beat only CBS’ 8:30 p.m. rerun of Mike & Molly among the Big Four broadcast networks. Sawyer-Clinton ran third with 18-to-49-year-olds, beating an 8 p.m. M&M rerun as well.

In the cable universe, TNT’s Season 3 premiere of Major Crimes also outdrew Sawyer-Clinton in the 8 p.m. hour with 156,229 total viewers. The 9 p.m. premiere of TNT’s Murder in the First held pretty steady with 127,823 viewers.

All right, let’s go to the sports page, where Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals was exiled to NBC Sports Net. King-Rangers averaged just 35,507 total viewers. But a highly impressive percentage -- 32,567 -- were in the 18-to-49 motherlode.

How highly impressive? Consider this. Fox Sports Southwest’s Texas Rangers-Cleveland Indians game again had far more total viewers than hockey with 78,114. But baseball averaged only 20,843 viewers in the 18-to-49 range. So that’s close to a 15,000-viewer edge for the NHL’s ice capades.

The Rangers were pounded 17-7 and were far behind early. But Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals likewise was pretty much a rout, with the Kings winning 3-0 after taking an early two-goal lead. And hockey also was sent to the Peacock’s cable Siberia after the first two games aired on the mothership NBC broadcast network.

Here are Monday’s local news derby results.

WFAA8 overcame a lousy ABC lead-in from Mistresses to win at 10 p.m. in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 again swept the 6 a.m. competitions and added a 5 p.m. win among 25-to-54-year-olds. NBC5 had the most total viewers at 5 p.m.

The 6 p.m. golds went to CBS11 in total viewers and NBC5 in the 25-to-54 demographic.

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