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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., May 29) -- even in lopsided defeat, Rangers still rule prime-time roost

Even a 10-3 pasting from the Seattle Mariners couldn't derail the Texas Rangers' ratings express.

They again were prime-time's most-watched attraction Tuesday, averaging 230,319 D-FW viewers on Fox Sports Southwest in easily outpointing the competing Game 2 Western Conference Finals series on TNT between the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder (182,901 viewers).

In the Big Four broadcast network universe, CBS' 7 p.m. NCIS rerun drew the biggest prime-time crowd with 196,449 viewers. NBC's 8 p.m. hour of America's Got Talent was the most-watched broadcast network entry among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds. But Spurs-Thunder were the overall top draw in this key measurement, with Rangers-Mariners ranking third.

ABC's two-hour Katie Couric special on the Royal Family had a halfway decent 135,482 total viewers in the 8 to 10 p.m. slot.

In Tuesday's local news derby results, WFAA8 won the first half-hour of its extended, election-infused 10 p.m. newscast in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (the main advertiser target audience for news programming).

NBC5 had a doubleheader win at 6 a.m. while the 6 p.m. competitions had Fox4 and CBS11 tying for first in total viewers and Fox4 prevailing with 25-to-54-year-olds.

At 5 p.m., NBC5 and WFAA8 shared the total viewers lead, with WFAA8 alone on top in the 25-to-54 demographic.