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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., April 5) -- Rangers, election results, O.J., oh my

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Cable TV had an eventful night Tuesday, with the Texas Rangers on Fox Sports Southwest, Wisconsin presidential primary results on Fox News Channel/CNN/MSNBC and FX’s finale of The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story.

The Rangers’ ratings were different as night and day. Monday’s victorious afternoon home opener, with many potential viewers otherwise occupied at work, drew 120,401 D-FW viewers for FSS’s homegrown telecast and 35,412 on ESPN. Tuesday night’s game, despite the Rangers’ 10-2 loss to Seattle, bulked up to 226,637 viewers on FSS alone. A decent percentage of them -- 98,447 -- were in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old age range.

Fox News Channel by far drew the largest local audiences for its election returns coverage, with a peak of 92,071 total viewers. MSNBC hit a high point of 35,412 viewers and CNN trailed with 28,330. FSS also led with 25-to-54-year-old viewers (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Over on FX, the 9 to 10:30 p.m. finale of People v. O. J. had 148,730 total viewers and 76,217 in the 18-to-49 realm.

Tuesday’s top prime-draw in total viewers, CBS’ NCIS, had 311,626 in the 7 p.m. hour. But Fox’s two-hour American Idol: American Dream, one of the preludes to Thursday’s series finale, racked up the most 18-to-49-year-olds (88,920).

Here are Tuesday’s local news derby results.

NBC5 had a big day, winning at 5, 6 and 10 p.m. in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds. Fox4 as usual cruised to twin wins at 6 a.m.

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