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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Mon., April 19-22) -- Stars build to late night win with overtime triumph

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D-FW viewers slowly warmed to the icy confines of the American Airlines Center late Monday night, putting the Dallas Stars on top of the ratings for the closing half-hour of their 2-1 overtime win over the Nashville Predators. It allowed the home team to advance to the next round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The matchup ended at 10:55 p.m., with a peak audience of 161,674 watching from 10:45 to 11 p.m. on Fox Sports Southwest. (Nielsen measures in 15-minute increments.) Stars-Predators also won the 10:30 to 10:45 p.m. slot with 147,615 viewers.

In total viewers, hockey otherwise couldn’t match potent prime-time entertainment lineups on the Big Four broadcast networks.

NBC’s The Voice drew the most total viewers from 7 to 9 p.m. (196,820) before Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast won that hour with 182,762. But how about this? Among advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds, Stars-Predators averaged a league-leading 60,384 viewers for the entire game. The second hour of ABC’s American Idol ranked as the runner-up in this key demographic with 51,326 viewers from 8 to 9 p.m.

And in case you’re curious, CNN’s parade of five town hall meetings starring Democratic candidates drew minimal crowds throughout Monday night. Bernie Sanders’ 8 to 9 p.m. appearance drew the most total viewers (28,644) while the last in line, Pete Buttigieg, drew the fewest (13,707) in the 10 to 11 p.m. slot.

Sunday’s prime-time Nielsens were topped by CBS’ 60 Minutes in total viewers (217,908) and Fox4’s 9 p.m. newscast in the 18-to-49 age range (51,326). CBS’ two-hour Motown Celebration special, which aired from 7 to 9 p.m., showed little punch with just 15,096 viewers in the 18-to-49 realm. But in the total viewers battle with ABC’s competing Idol, the Motor City music extravaganza ranked a close second with 161,674 viewers to Idol’s 168,703. Fox4’s 9 p.m. news won the 9 p.m. hour in this measurement with 161,674 viewers, making it a clean sweep for the retiring Richard Ray’s last time around as an anchor.

On Saturday night, ABC’s annual Easter season reprise of The Ten Commandments, which stretched from 6 p.m. to just short of 10:45 p.m., led in total viewers throughout the night with an average of 147,615. Commandments likewise won the night with 18-to-49ers, averaging 30,192 of ‘em.

Good Friday’s prime-time pacesetter in total viewers, Fox’s Last Man Standing, drew 168,703. The sitcom shared the lead among 18-to-49ers with CBS’ Blue Bloods (30,192 viewers each).

Here are the Friday and Monday local news derby results.

Friday -- CBS11 won in total viewers at 10 p.m. while Fox4 led among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

At 6 a.m., Fox4 and WFAA8 tied for first in total viewers if the ratings are rounded off to the next decimal (as all the stations usually do). However, WFAA8 otherwise narrowly won the 6 a.m. hour on percentage points by a score of 63,967 viewers to Fox4’s 60,452.

There’s clearly something about Good Friday when it comes to Fox4. The station last lost a weekday 6 a.m. ratings battle on Good Friday of last year (March 30th), when WFAA8 won by a paper-thin margin in the 25-to-54 demographic. In the latest Good Friday Nielsens, Fox4 edged WFAA8 among 25-to-54-year-olds.

Friday’s 6 p.m. firsts went to WFAA8 in total viewers and Fox4 in the 25-to-54 measurement. At 5 p.m., Fox4 and NBC5 tied for the lead in total viewers, and Fox4 won outright with 25-to-54-year-olds.

Monday -- CBS11 again drew the most total viewers at 10 p.m. and tied NBC5 for the lead among 25-to-54-year-olds.

Fox4 resumed its winning ways at 6 a.m. with clearcut victories in both ratings measurements. NBC5 ran the table at 5 p.m. and also won at 6 p.m. in total viewers. Fox4 had the most 25-to-54-year-olds at 6 p.m.