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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon., May 14) -- syrupy Stern wins one, loses one in AGT debut (updated)

On his best behavior -- which pretty much made him a bore -- a soft-serve version of Howard Stern swaggered onto the Season 7 premiere of NBC's America's Got Talent Monday night.

His ballyhooed arrival wasn't enough to outdraw ABC's competing Dancing with the Stars in total D-FW viewers. But AGT did prevail among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds.

Dancing had Monday's overall biggest audience haul, with 399,672 viewers from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The Texas Rangers' 3-1 home loss to Kansas City on Fox Sports Southwest came up big nonetheless with an average of 298,060 viewers. AGT pulled in 277,738 viewers from 7 to 9 p.m. to rank third for the night.

In the 18-to-49 festivities, AGT led all programming with 140,901 viewers in this age range. CBS' one-hour How I Met Your Mother season finale placed second with 121,687 viewers, ahead of Dancing's 112,081. The entire Rangers-Royals game averaged 102,474 viewers in this key demographic, running just a bit behind CBS' comedy duo of Two and a Half Men (108,878) and Mike & Molly (105,676). FSS is still counting its money, though, because those are very strong numbers for the first-place Rangers against a non-marquee team.

ABC's latest season debut of The Bachelorette drew 176,127 total viewers from 8:30 to 10 p.m., beating only NBC's Season 1 finale of Smash in that measurement. But Bachelorette ran first from 9 to 10 p.m. among 18-to-49-year-olds opposite the competition from Fox, CBS and NBC.

PBS' two-hour American Masters presentation, "Johnny Carson: King of Late Night," drew 88,063 total viewers with only 9,607 in the 18-to-49 demographic. It aired from 8 to 10 p.m. locally on KERA13.

In Monday's local news derby results, WFAA8 enjoyed a very big day with sweeps at 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. in total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

WFAA8 also won at 5 p.m. in total viewers. But Fox4 staved off an exceedingly rare double grand slam by placing first with 25-to-54-year-olds.