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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon., May 23) -- finally some brights spots for ABC

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ABC’s ratings have been sickly for much of this season. But the network got a boost in D-FW Monday night from a one-hour performance edition of Dancing with the Stars and the two-hour season premiere of The Bachelorette, starring Dallasite JoJo Fletcher.

In competition among the Big Four broadcast networks, DTWS won from 7 to 8 p.m. in both total viewers and advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds.

Bachelorette tied the second hour of NBC’s The Voice among 18-to-49-year-olds and then easily won the 9 p.m. hour. In the total viewers measurement, Bachelorette ran second to The Voice from 8 to 9 p.m. and then tied Fox4’s local newscast for the top spot in the 9 to 10 p.m. slot.

The cable universe narrowly had the biggest overall audience of 18-to-49-year-olds, though, with ESPN’s Game 4 of the Toronto Raptors-Cleveland Cavaliers Eastern Conference Finals. It averaged 85,740 viewers in this key demographic compared to The Bachelorette’s 76,217.

Here are the local news derby results for the 18th weekday of the 20-day May ratings “sweeps.”

TEGNA8 won at 10 p.m. in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 had twin wins at 6 a.m. while NBC5 swept both the 5 and 6 p.m. competitions.

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