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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Sun., April 19-21) -- pursuit and apprehension of Boston bombing suspect consumes first hour of Friday prime-time

Real-life drama from Boston Friday dominated TV screens until the apprehension of suspected bomber Dzhokhar Tsamaev was officially announced between 7:45 and 8 p.m.

In the climactic 7 to 8 p.m. hour, here are the D-FW Nielsen numbers in total viewers:

Fox News Channel -- 199,642
CBS/NBC -- 185,873 apiece
ABC -- 117,031
CNN -- 110,147
Fox -- 82,610
MSNBC -- 20,653

Friday night’s Texas Rangers-Seattle Mariners matchup, with Yu Darvish on the mound, averaged 185,873 viewers for the entire game on TXA21. From 7 to 8 p.m., the Rangers drew 123,916 viewers.

Saturday night’s Rangers-Mariners game had 172,105 viewers on Fox Sports Southwest while Sunday’s daytime face-off between the two teams (also on FSS) inched up to 178,989 viewers.

Sunday’s biggest prime-time draw, CBS’ 60 Minutes, had 216,852 viewers, with the network’s The Amazing Race just a speck behind (216,164).

ABC had a decent showing with its Hallmark movie Remember Sunday, which ran second from 8 to 10 p.m. Sunday with 137,684 viewers behind CBS’ The Mentalist (206,526 viewers). Among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, Remember Sunday moved into a first place tie in that time slot with NBC’s All-Star Celebrity Apprentice.

Friday’s local news derby results were skewed at both 5 and 6 p.m. by continuing live network coverage from Boston. So we’ll discount them.

In the 10 p.m. competition, WFAA8 ran first in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming. Fox4 as usual ran the table at 6 a.m.

On KTXD-TV (Ch. 47), D magazine’s 9 to 11 a.m. D: The Broadcast continued to register zeroes on the Nielsen ratings meter. Friday’s program again had “hashmarks” (no measurable audience), replicating its ratings for the entire week.

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