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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs., June 27) -- ABC could have summertime's top cops in Motive

ABC’s new summer police drama Motive, returning after a break during the NBA Finals, showed some vital signs in Thursday’s D-FW Nielsens.

Motive drew 178,989 viewers in the 8 p.m. hour, easily winning its time slot and ranking as prime-time’s No. 2 most-watched show behind CBS’ 7 p.m. Big Bang Theory repeat (213,410 viewers). Among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, Fox’s last summer episode of Does Someone Have to Go? edged Motive at 8 p.m. by a score of 41,462 viewers to 38,273.

Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast won in both ratings measurements at 9 p.m. The Texas Rangers’ 2-0 afternoon win over New York at Yankee Stadium drew 89,495 total viewers on Fox Sports Southwest while ESPN’s prime-time coverage of the NBA draft averaged 61,958.

In Thursday’s local news derby results, WFAA8 swept the 5 and 10 p.m. competitions in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

Fox4 and NBC5 tied for first in total viewers at 6 a.m., with Fox4 narrowly alone at the top among 25-to-54-year-olds.

CBS11 had the most total viewers at 6 p.m. while Fox4 ran first in the 25-to-54 demographic.

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