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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Sun., June 21-23) -- Rangers' sweep pays double dividends

A pair of rain delays no doubt deflated the TV attendance, particularly on Sunday night. Still, the Texas Rangers’ three-game sweep at St. Louis controlled D-FW’s weekend ratings.

Three different outlets benefited from the Rangers’ rebound back into first place ahead of Oakland.

Friday’s game on TXA21 averaged 234,063 viewers in squashing all prime-time competition.

Fox’s Saturday game, delayed for an hour by rain, drew 213,410 viewers opposite NBC’s Game 5 of the Blackhawks-Bruins Stanley Cup Finals (48,189 viewers).

ESPN had the Sunday night game, which didn’t start until just after 10 p.m. because of rain. It still managed 130,800 viewers in easily beating all other late night programming.

ABC’s 8 p.m. premiere of Whodunnit? likewise had 130,800 viewers in the 8 p.m. hour Sunday, outdrawing NBC’s two-hour opening episode of Crossing Lines (110,147 viewers from 8 to 10 p.m.). Whodunnit? also had the edge with advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds.

Ratings for Lifetime’s premiere of Devious Maids and AMC’s season finale of Mad Men were not immediately available.

Here are Friday’s local news derby numbers:

WFAA8 ran the table at 10 p.m., winning in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming. The ABC station added a 6 p.m. win in total viewers and a 5 p.m. first with 25-to-54-year-olds.

CBS11 had the most 25-to-54-year-olds at 6 p.m. and NBC5 the most viewers at 5 p.m. Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. competitions.

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