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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon., April 23) -- Rangers bow to Yanks and heavy hitters on ABC/NBC

The Texas Rangers' 7-4 home loss to the Yankees apparently encouraged some potential viewers to try other pursuits Monday night.

An early 6 p.m. start -- and a dual presentation on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN -- combined to give the Rangers an overall and still nice-sized D-FW crowd of 304,835. That fell just a bit short of the 318,383 viewers tuned to NBC's The Voice from 7 to 9 p.m. and a lot short of the 406,446 who watched ABC's Dancing with the Stars during those two hours.

Tuesday night's scheduled Yu Darvish start against the pin-stripers might well put the Rangers back into the No. 1 slot again. Depending on how well he does. So far he's been a ratings magnet.

Fox came in fourth Monday with new episodes of Bones (209,997 viewers) and House (142,256 viewers) while CBS lagged behind from 7 to 9 p.m. with a quartet of sitcom repeats.

Among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, The Voice dominated from start to finish while Rangers-Yankees finished second ahead of Dancing.

The game ended at 8:58 p.m., giving ABC's "confidential" look behind the scenes of Dancing a sweep of the 9 p.m. Nielsens in both ratings measurements. It was billed as a news special under the 20/20 banner, for which ABC should be ashamed but isn't.

In Monday's local news derby results, WFAA8 rolled to comfortable wins at 10 p.m. in total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

The 6 a.m. firsts went to NBC5 in total viewers and WFAA8 among 25-to-54-year-olds. With the May "sweeps" starting Thursday, WFAA8 is putting itself in position to possibly pull off an upset win in the key 25-to-54 demographic despite a makeshift lineup in deference to co-anchor Cynthia Izaguirre's maternity leave. She's not due back until sometime in July.

CBS11 won at 6 p.m. in total viewers while Fox4 was tops with 25-to-54-year-olds. The 5 p.m. firsts were split between NBC5 in total viewers and WFAA8 in the 25-to-54 demographic.