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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., May 20) -- firing the big "reality competition" guns

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The seemingly bottomless country music well ran dry while most viewers also divorced themselves from Tuesday’s premiere of I Wanna Marry “Harry”.

Both competed against much bigger fish -- the season finales of NBC’s The Voice and ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.

The Voice as usual won their 8 to 10 p.m. matchup, averaging 369,268 D-FW viewers to 326,660 for DTWS. It was no contest at all among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, with The Voice running up the score by thrashing DWTS 162,835 to 78,161. For the record, Josh Kaufman of “Team Usher” won The Voice while Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy took the Mirror Ball Trophy.

The two finals left little breathing room for CBS’ competing ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute to the Troops, featuring performances from country music luminaries such as Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, George Strait, Miranda Lambert and husband Blake Shelton competing against himself on The Voice. All-Star Salute drew just 63,912 total viewers and a piddling 9,770 in the key 18-to-49 demographic.

Over on Fox, the 8 p.m. premiere of I Wanna Marry “Harry” also fell flat with 78,114 total viewers and 45,594 in the 18-to-49 range.

Another “reality competition” attraction, Fox’s season-ending performance edition of American Idol, won the 7 p.m. hour with 234,343 total viewers. A smallish number of them -- 97,701-- were within the 18-to-49 motherlode. CBS’ 7 p.m. Judge Judy special ran fourth in both ratings measurements opposite Idol and warmup hours for The Voice and DWTS.

In Tuesday’s local news derby results, NBC5 enjoyed its second straight weekday sweep at 10 p.m. with wins in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

The 6 a.m. golds went to the Peacock in total viewers and Fox4 with 25-to-54-year-olds.

Fox4 ran the table at 5 p.m. and added a 6 p.m. win in the 25-to-54 demographic. NBC5 had the most total viewers at 6 p.m.

Just one day remains in the May “sweeps” ratings period. We’ll have complete results on Thursday.

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