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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs., May 5) -- Stars hit season high with overtime win

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The Dallas Stars drew a line in the ice and skated to a scintillating 3-2 win against the St. Louis Blues Thursday night after being embarrassed in Game 3 of their second round Stanley Cup playoff series.

Viewers responded accordingly, even though Game 4 again was on cable’s relatively obscure NBC Sports Net. Running until 10:07 p.m., Stars-Blues averaged 127,483 D-FW viewers and 73,042 in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old demographic. Both were season highs.

Airing mostly opposite the Stars on Fox Sports Southwest, the Texas Rangers’ lopsided 12-2 loss at Toronto managed just 77,906 total viewers and 22,230 in the 18-to-49 age range.

Among the Big Four broadcast networks, CBS’ 7 p.m. episode of The Big Bang Theory as usual led all prime-time programming with 262,049 total viewers and 98,447 in the 18-to-49 realm. Still, those are relatively skimpy numbers for television’s most popular sitcom.

At 9 p.m., Fox4’s local newscast outdrew three competing new midseason dramas in total viewers with 148,730. ABC’s the The Catch took the silver with 106,236 viewers. The Catch ran first at 9 p.m. with 18-to-49-year-olds among this broadcast network foursome. It edged Fox4’s news by a score of 38,108 viewers to 34,933.

Here are the four-way local news derby results for the sixth weekday of the May ratings “sweeps.”

TEGNA8 ran first in total viewers at 10 p.m. while Fox4 drew the most 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 notched twin wins at 6 a.m. and also ran the table at 5 p.m. TEGNA8 topped the 6 p.m. competitions in total viewers but Fox4 and NBC5 shared the top spot among 25-to-54-year-olds.

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