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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Sun., May 11-13) -- Rangers the weekend's ruling class


Three sold-out Rangers-Angels games also outdrew everything else over the weekend during successive appearances on TXA21, the Fox network and ESPN.

Friday's rain-soaked opener, featuring a matchup of Yu Darvish and former Ranger C.J. Wilson, provided a mega late night bonus for TXA21. Audiences peaked between 10:15 and 10:45 p.m., when 480,361 D-FW viewers were on hand to watch Texas eventually win 10-3. A lengthy rain delay otherwise threw a wet blanket over most of the prime-time portion, with TXA21 resorting to some sort of canned country music jamboree while biding time.

Friday's next biggest attraction, CBS' 9 p.m. episode of Blue Bloods, had 277,738 viewers.

The nationally televised Saturday afternoon game on Fox, won 4-2 by the Angels, averaged a very nice-sized 325,157 D-FW viewers. In comparison, Fox's latest prime-time NASCAR race drew just 108,386 viewers.

Sunday night's closer, in which the Rangers punched out the Angels 13-6, averaged 359,027 viewers on ESPN. The next biggest draw, ABC's limp two-hour series finale of Desperate Housewives (has a series ever been more played out?) drew 250,642 viewers from 8 to 10 p.m.

In Friday's local news derby numbers, CBS11 edged WFAA8 in total viewers at 10 p.m., but dropped to fourth with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming) while WFAA8 took the gold by a comparatively comfy margin.

Firsts also were split at 6 a.m., with NBC5 topping the field in total viewers and Fox4 winning in the 25-to-54 demographic.

WFAA8 ran the table at 6 p.m. and shared the 5 p.m. lead among 25-to-54-year-olds with Fox4. NBC5 won at 5 p.m. in total viewers.