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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Sun., April 4-6) -- country music shebang on CBS outdraws Final Four on TBS

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Further proof that North Texas is no hoops haven: Sunday’s three-hour Academy of Country Music awards show on CBS (in which few awards were actually given) easily outdrew Saturday’s NCAA basketball Final Four on TBS (even though it originated from Jerry’s Palace).

Airing from 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday, the ACMs had 411,875 D-FW viewers, with 153,065 of them in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49 age range. Both totals dominated the night.

Saturday’s early evening UConn-Florida matchup on TBS averaged 163,330 viewers; 71,647 were in the 18-to-49 demographic. UConn upset Florida 63-53.

The second NCAA hoops matchup, which started at 8:15 p.m., pitted Uncle Barky’s alma mater Wisconsin Badgers against the Kentucky Wildcats. Bravehearted Bucky succumbed 74-73 on a dramatic three-pointer from Kentucky’s Texas-bred Aaron Harrison. An average of 227,242 viewers tuned in, with 123,755 of them in the 18-to-49 motherlode.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones attended both events, appearing on the ACMs with George Strait to announce that next year’s edition will originate from his Arlington temple. Last night’s ceremony was held in that citadel of country music -- Las Vegas.

Meanwhile, in country music’s official mecca -- Nashville -- the women’s NCAA Final Four on ESPN drew next to no one Sunday night. Unbeaten Notre Dame’s win over Maryland averaged 28,405 total viewers before unbeaten UConn’s win over Stanford inched up to 35,507 viewers. How bad is that? The Nielsens say that CW33’s Sunday afternoon presentation of the 2002 movie Catch Me If You Can outdrew the women hoopsters with 42,608 viewers.

The Dallas Mavericks’ key road win at Sacramento registered highest on Sunday’s hoops scale with 113,621 viewers on Fox Sports Southwest. The preceding Texas Rangers win over Tampa Bay, also on FSS, drew 120,722 viewers.

On Friday night, CBS’ return of the crime series Unforgettable performed nicely in the 7 p.m. hour with a time-slot winning 213,039 viewers. The network’s Blue Bloods again led all of Friday’s prime-time programming with 269,849 viewers at 9 p.m. The Rangers-Rays game on TXA21 had 106,520 viewers.

Among 18-to-49-year-olds, ABC’s 8 p.m. episode of Shark Tank as usual took Friday’s overall gold medal.

Here are Friday’s local news derby results.

WFAA8 swept the 10 p.m. competitions in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

Fox4 notched another doubleheader win at 6 a.m. and also ran the table at 5 p.m. NBC5 and CBS11 tied for the most total viewers at 6 p.m., but the Peacock won outright among 25-to-54-year-olds.

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