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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., May 23) -- The Voice finale drowns out DWTS closer

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NBC’s two-hour season finale of The Voice throttled ABC’s latest two-and-a-half-hour Dancing with the Stars ender in their Tuesday night face-off.

The Voice, won by a dude named Chris Blue, pulled in 283,573 D-FW viewers while DWTS had 189,049 and also was beaten from 8 to 9 p.m. by CBS’ new episode of Bull (218,133 viewers). The Mirror Ball trophy went to NFL running back Rashad Jennings and his pro partner, Emma Slater.

The Voice crushed DWTS in the advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-old demographic by a score of 73,763 viewers to 19,243. DWTS also was whipped by Bull, Fox’s Prison Break, Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast and the second half-hour of The CW’s The Flash.

But now let’s get to ABC’s Downward Dog, whose second episode beat all competing broadcast network programming from 7 to 7:30 p.m. in the key 18-to-49-year-old range while drawing almost twice as many viewers (35,278) as DWTS. The talking, philosophical mutt and his oft-vexed owner (played by former Dallasite Allison Tolman) ran second in total viewers with 138,151 compared to 218,133 for CBS’ first half-hour of an NCIS repeat.

Both are major improvements over Downward Dog’s feeble numbers last Wednesday, when it was sneak-previewed following the season finale of Modern Family. Good boy.

Here are the local news derby results for the penultimate weekday of the May ratings “sweeps.”

NBC5 and TEGNA8 tied for the lead in total viewers at 10 p.m. while Fox4 won fairly comfortably with 25-to-54-year-olds (the main advertiser target audience for news programming).

It was otherwise a day of sweeps within the sweeps. Fox4 cruised to twin wins at 6 a.m. and NBC5 dominated at 5 and 6 p.m. in both ratings measurements.

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