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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Sun., June 20-22) -- World Cup bonanza

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Portugal took much of the air out of Sunday’s thrilling World Cup soccer match by tying the United States men’s team with a deflating last-second goal.

The 2-2 final soared in the D-FW ratings anyway, drawing far more viewers than any other weekend attraction. It was shown on two networks -- ESPN and Univision23.

Running from 5 to 6:54 p.m. Sunday, the soccer match drew 340,862 viewers on ESPN and added another 205,938 for the Univision telecast. In the realm of recent sports championship events, the grand total of 546,800 viewers outdrew all but the final game of the San Antonio Spurs-Miami Heat NBA Finals, which averaged 624,914 total viewers on ABC.

U.S.-Portugal also scored big among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, amassing 198,659 on ESPN and 117,241 on Univision. The total of 315,900 again beat all but Game 5 of the NBA Finals, which had 335,440 viewers in this key demographic. Impressive to say the least.

ESPN followed immediately on Sunday night with the Texas Rangers’ 5-2 road loss to the Angels. The game drooped to 127,823 total viewers, with 65,134 in the 18-to-49 motherlode.

TNT also had a big premiere Sunday night. Its 8 p.m. launch of the heavily hyped The Last Ship had 106,520 total viewers. A tugboat-sized 19,540 were in the 18-to-49 age range.

Over on ABC Sunday, the two-hour, 8 to 10 p.m. premiere of Rising Star (another gimmick-laden singing competition) drew 134,925 total viewers to run second behind NBC’s competing America’s Got Talent special (184,634 viewers). But Rising Star won its time slot with 18-to-49-year-olds, beating AGT by a score of 58,621 to 48,851.

Friday’s prime-time Nielsens were led by CBS’ Blue Bloods repeat, which had 177,533 total viewers in the 9 p.m. hour. The night’s top scorer among 18-to-49-year-olds was Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast with 65,134 viewers.

TXA21’s late starting Texas Rangers game, another loss to the Angels, slumped to just 78,114 total viewers. The tune-out is accelerating, no matter what network or local station carries the injury-ravaged Rangers games.

Here are Friday’s local news derby results.

Fox4 and WFAA8 tied for the most total viewers at 10 p.m., with Fox4 alone atop the 25-to-54 measurement (the main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 added sweeps at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. while also having the most total viewers at 5 p.m. NBC5 and WFAA8 tied for the most 25-to-54-year-olds at 5 p.m.

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