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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Sun., March 30-April 1) -- big weekend for Jesus, Moses

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Fewer viewers worshipped false (American) Idols Easter Sunday night than watched NBC’s live and superb stage presentation of Jesus Christ, Superstar.

And on Saturday night, Moses did all right, too.

Superstar, which ran from 7 to 9:23 p.m. and starred John Legend in the title role, drew 192,297 D-FW viewers while ABC’s 7 to 9 p.m. edition of American Idol had 156,686 viewers. But both shows were beaten from 7 to 8 p.m. by CBS’ new Instinct, which pulled in 213,663 viewers. Idol also trailed CBS’ NCIS: Los Angeles, which had 178,053 viewers in the 8 p.m. hour. (JC thumped Instinct in the national Nielsens, though.)

JC won straight up with advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, running first from start to stop with 46,809 viewers in this key demographic.

On Saturday, ABC’s annual rebroadcast of The Ten Commandments, which ran all the way to 10:43 p.m., averaged 163,808 total viewers to carry the night among the Big Four broadcast networks. TBS’ pair of NCAA basketball men’s Final Four games fared a bit better. Michigan’s comeback win over Loyola averaged 170,930 viewers before Villanova’s blowout victory over Kansas had 199,419 viewers.

Friday’s prime-time ratings in the broadcast net universe were paced by CBS’ Hawaii Five-0 in total viewers (206,541) and Fox’s Masterchef Junior among 18-to-49ers (31,206). Over on cable, the Texas Rangers-Houston Astros game on Fox Sports Southwest averaged 106,832 total viewers and 37,447 in the 18-to-49 realm.

Here are Friday’s local news derby results.

The big news is at 6 a.m., where TEGNA8 snapped Fox4’s winter-long and beyond winning streak with a paper thin win among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming). Fox4 took the 6 a.m. hour in total viewers.

The 10 p.m. firsts went to CBS11 in total viewers and Fox4 in the 25-to-54 demographic.

Fox4 also swept the 5 p.m. competitions while the 6 p..m. golds went to TEGNA8 in total viewers and NBC5 with 25-to-54-year-olds.

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