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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., May 27) -- yee haw for George Strait

CBS picked and grinned its way through the Wednesday night ratings with a big country throw-down.

The network's two-hour George Strait: ACM Artist of the Decade All-Star Concert toe-tapped to a winning total of 292,292 D-FW viewers in the 7 to 9 p.m. slot. It built to 378,651 viewers in the final 15 minutes, more than doubling the 8:45 to 9 p.m. crowd for Fox's competing So You Think You Can Dance (159,432 viewers).

But George wasn't quite up to whipping ABC's Wipeout among advertiser-favored 18-to-49-year-olds. The first hour of his concert had 77,789 viewers in this age range, falling short of Wipeout's 97,236.

The premiere of ABC's animated The Goode Family then fell to 99,645 total viewers from 8 to 8:30 p.m. to finish fifth in that measurement behind -- in order -- CBS, the Rangers-Yankees game on Fox Sports Southwest, Fox and NBC. Goode did better with 18-to-49-year-olds, taking the third spot ahead of Rangers-Yanks and the first half-hour of NBC's Law & Order: SVU repeat.

At 9 p.m., CBS' Criminal Minds repeat handily won in both ratings measurements on a night when "The 33's" 9 p.m. local newscast managed just 9,9645 total viewers, its worst showing in recent memory.

In Wednesday's four-way local news derbies, WFAA8 recovered from another lowly lead-in -- ABC's The Unusuals -- to win at 10 p.m. in both total viewers (245,791) and 25-to-54-year-olds (118,377), the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

The ABC station had little good news elsewhere, though, winning only at 5 p.m. in total viewers.

NBC5 otherwise was in control. The Peacock again romped at 6 a.m. and also swept the 6 p.m. Nielsens. It notched another gold at 5 p.m. among 25-to-54-year-olds.