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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Sun., April 20-22) -- Rangers still a hit machine

The Texas Rangers' rainout-altered series at Detroit reigned over competing programming over the weekend, with Saturday's day-night doubleheader ranking as D-FW's top ratings draw while the Sunday afternoon game ranked below only two CBS prime-timers.

Saturday afternoon's makeup game, on Fox Sports Southwest, averaged 189,675 viewers before a night game on TXA21 (the station's regular Friday nighter was rained out) swelled to 230,314 viewers. That made them the two most-watched attractions of the entire broadcast day, with CBS11's 10 p.m. newscast ranking third with 155,804 viewers.

The Sunday afternoon extra innings win by Texas, on FSS, drew 250,642 viewers, dominating its time slot but falling short of CBS' 7 to 9 p.m. duo of The Amazing Race and The Good Wife (304,835 viewers each). The Rangers had a higher peak crowd, though, with 372,576 viewers between 3 and 3:30 p.m.

Fox's two-hour 25th anniversary special from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, drew just 128,708 viewers. That used to be considered a pretty big TV crowd for the Rangers, but not anymore.

Sunday's second episode of CBS' NYC 22 replicated the performance of the first by winning its 9 p.m. slot in total viewers but falling to fourth among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds. The network's most-watched Friday night show, a 9 p.m. episode of Blue Bloods. followed the same path with a win in total viewers and another out-of-the-money finish in the 18-to-49 demographic.

In Friday's local news derby results, WFAA8 won at 10 p.m. in total viewers but NBC5 ran first with 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. Nielsens, with WFAA8's onrushing Daybreak registering a pair of close second place finishes.

CBS11 won at 6 p.m. in total viewers while WFAA8 had the edge with 25-to-54-year-olds. At 5 p.m., WFAA8 won in total viewers and shared the 25-to-54 gold with Fox4.