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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Sun., July 8-10) -- Olympic trials, game shows offer respites

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NBC’s women’s gymnastics portion of the summer Olympics trials and ABC’s three hours of revived retro game shows led Sunday’s prime-time programming while also providing escapes from the terrible events in downtown Dallas Thursday night.

The trials, a prelude to the upcoming games in Rio, averaged 212,472 D-FW viewers and also drew the most advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds (92,095). NBC’s earlier track and field trials, which ran from 6 to 7:30 p.m., were decidedly less popular with 84,989 total viewers and 19,054 in the 18-to-49 age range.

ABC’s 7 to 8 p.m. editions of Celebrity Family Feud beat the track and field/gymnastics combo in total viewers with 177,060 but CBS’ competing Big Brother had the most 18-to-49-year-olds in that hour (57,163). ABC’s $100,000 Pyramid and Match Game then ran second from 8 to 10 p.m. in both ratings measurements.

Here are Friday’s local news derby results.

NBC5 and TEGNA8 tied for the most total viewers at 10 p.m., but the Peacock won outright among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. competitions and NBC5 did likewise at 6 p.m.

Fox4 drew the most total viewers at 5 p.m. while NBC5 and TEGNA8 tied for the top spot with 25-to-54-year-olds.

CBS11’s 6 p.m. local newscast gave way to an expanded one-hour edition of the CBS Evening News, which outdrew Fox4 and TEGNA8 in total viewers and ran third ahead of TEGNA8 in the 25-to-54 measurement.

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