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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Sun., May 10-12) -- strong finishing kick for Survivor

The pathfinder of “reality-competition” series can still pack a punch at crunch time.

Long before American Idol, The Voice and Dancing with the Stars, CBS set sail with Survivor back in May 2000. Its 26th edition, Survivor: Caramoan -- Fans vs. Favorites, dominated Sunday’s prime-time Nielsens with its two-hour finale and followup reunion hour.

The finale drew 268,484 D-FW viewers before the reunion held pretty steady with 206,526. The next most-watched attraction, ABC’s two-hour, season finale of Revenge, had 144,568 viewers from 8 to 10 p.m.

Both Survivors also won their time slots among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds.

Earlier Sunday, the Texas Rangers’ daytime spanking of the Astros on Fox Sports Southwest drew 172,105 total viewers. That matched the audience for ABC’s overtime NBA playoff game between the victorious Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs. The PGA’s Players Championship on NBC , with Tiger Woods winning and Sergio Garcia tanking, averaged a solid 123,916 viewers.

Saturday night’s Rangers win, with ratings magnet Yu Darvish pitching, inflated to 213,410 viewers on FSS.

Friday night’s Rangers victory on TXA21 matched that total and won its time slot in the 8 to 10:15 p.m. portion, even beating CBS’ Blue Bloods by a comfortable margin in the 9 p.m. hour. That somewhat cannibalized the lead-in for CBS11’s 10 p.m. newscast in another of its tight total viewers fights with WFAA8. But CBS11 won anyway while NBC5 took a rare gold among 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

In Friday’s other local news derby results -- on the 12th weekday of the May “sweeps” -- CBS11 also had the most total viewers at 6 p.m. But the day otherwise belonged to Fox4. The station ran the table at both 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. , and added a 6 p.m. win in the 25-to-54 demographic.

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