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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., May 13) -- CBS/NBC set prime-time pace

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CBS’ season finales of three crime hits led from start to stop in Tuesday’s prime-time total viewer Nielsens while rivals again sprung to life among advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds.

NCIS was the night’s most-watched attraction with 461,585 D-FW viewers while NBC’s competing The Voice as usual ran a strong second with 369,268.

NCIS: Los Angeles (362,166 viewers) and Person of Interest (291,153) then had easier times winning from 8 to 10 p.m.

Among 18-to-49-year-olds, NBC took the 7 to 9 p.m. golds with The Voice (198,659 viewers) and two episodes of About a Boy (94,444 and 97,701 viewers). Fox4’s local newscast then ran first at 9 p.m. with 84,674 viewers in the 18-to-49 range despite scant help from Fox’s preceding premiere of the improv comedy/quiz show Riot. It was buried in fourth place at 8 p.m. with just 49,709 total viewers and dipped to fifth (behind CW’s Supernatural) among 18-to-49-year-olds.

The Texas Rangers’ 8-0 road loss at Houston also continued the injury-pocked team’s ratings slump. The game had 85,216 total viewers on Fox Sports Southwest.

In Tuesday’s local news derby results, WFAA8 overcame a weak-kneed lead-in from ABC’s Wife Swap to tie CBS11 at 10 p.m. for first place in total viewers. Fox4 edged WFAA8 for the top spot with 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. competitions and NBC5 ran the table at 5 p.m. for the third straight weekday. The 6 p.m. golds went to CBS11 in total viewers and WFAA8 with 25-to-54-year-olds.

Six weekdays now remain in the May “sweeps” ratings competition, which climaxes the so-called “regular” TV season.

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