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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs., June 7) -- dating vs. Duets

Fox's double dating shows were hit and miss Thursday night against ABC's competing Duets and CBS repeats.

Everything except CBS' rerun of The Big Bang Theory fell short of ESPN's Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference finals, though. Miami's LeBron James-fueled rout of Boston, evening their series at 3-3, averaged 230,319 D-FW viewers. Big Bang had a little bigger crowd, with 250,642 viewers.

Fox's George Lopez-hosted Take Me Out pulled in 101,612 viewers from 7 to 8 p.m., falling short of the first hour of Duets (115,160 viewers). The Choice, Fox's swiveled-chaired dating game answer to NBC's The Voice, inched up to 128,708 viewers, enough to edge the second hour of Duets (121,934 viewers). But CBS' Person of Interest reprise (216,771 viewers) had the largest non-basketball audience in the 8 p.m. hour.

CBS' repeat of The Mentalist nipped Fox4's 9 p.m. local newscast in that hour by a score of 176,127 viewers to 169,353.

Among advertiser-craved 18-to-49-year-olds, the Heat-Celtics game outdrew all competing programming. In the Big 4 broadcast network division, Take Me Out again fell short of Duets while The Choice again barely beat the second hour of ABC's singing competition concoction.

Fox4's news took the 9 p.m. hour in this key demographic while CW33's competing local newser registered "hashmarks" (no measurable audience).

The 8 p.m. premiere of NBC's Saving Hope medical drama had just 67,741 viewers, with a scant 12,809 of them in the 18-to-49 demographic. That put it a distant fourth at that hour among the Big 4 broadcast networks.

Thursday's four-way local news derbies went like this: WFAA8 and CBS11 tied for the 10 p.m. spot in total viewers but WFAA8 ran first with 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

NBC5 had a doubleheader win at 6 a.m, with WFAA8 likewise sweeping at 5 p.m.

WFAA8 had the most total viewers at 6 p.m. and tied for first with Fox4 in the 25-to-54 demographic.