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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Sun., July 6-8) -- little traction for Evel Live

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The History channel’s heavily hyped, three-hour Evel Live achieved liftoff for its daredevil, but Sunday night’s D-FW ratings were basically flat.

For the record, motorcycle jumper Travis Pastrana successfully completed all three “iconic” jumps in a Vegas salute to the late Evel Knievel. Matt Iseman, who otherwise presides over NBC’s American Ninja Warrior, hosted the made-for-TV event, with contributions from ABC chief meteorologist Ginger Zee, Jackass creator/star Johnny Knoxville and others.

Airing from 7 to 10:05 p.m., Evel Live averaged 85,465 D-FW viewers and 34,327 in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old demographic. Sunday’s top competing TV attraction, CBS’ 7 p.m. hour of Big Brother, drew more than twice those crowds with 178,053 total viewers and 81,136 within the 18-to-49 motherlode.

Not surprisingly, Evel Live soared above the ratings for History’s other Sunday programming. But in the grand scheme of things, it pretty much failed to take off in D-FW.

Saturday’s Nielsens were topped by Fox’s pair of World Cup soccer matches. England’s win over Sweden averaged 185,175 total viewers before Croatia’s penalty kick victory over Russia drew an identical number.

Friday’s World Cup matches, both on FS1, pulled in lower crowds. France’s win over Uruguay averaged 99,709 viewers while Belgium’s upset victory over Brazil drew 106,832. Telemundo’s Spanish language presentation of Belgium-Brazil matched the FS1 ratings. Otherwise, the matches on Fox and FS1 all drew larger audiences than the Telemundo telecast.

In Friday’s prime-time numbers, CBS’ Blue Bloods repeat set the pace in total viewers (149,564) while ABC’s canceled Quantico led among 18-to-49ers (40,568).

Here are Friday’s local news derby results.

NBC5 swept the 10 p.m. competitions in both total viewers and with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 ran the table at 6 a.m., where it hasn’t been beaten for several months. At 6 p.m., TEGNA8 drew the most total viewers while Fox4 won among 25-to-54-year-olds.

NBC5 was tops in total viewers at 5 p.m. and tied Fox4 for first among 25-to-54-year-olds.

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