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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon., May 6) -- nice night for ABC

NBC’s The Voice usually rules Monday’s ratings roost in both key measurements opposite ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.

But DWTS has finally waltzed to its first midseason win in total D-FW viewers in the 7 to 9 p.m. face-off between the two “reality competition” powerhouses.

The score was 309,789 viewers to 275,368, with ABC’s new episode of Castle then controlling the 9 p.m. hour with 323,557 viewers over CBS’ second-place Hawaii Five-0 (220,294 viewers).

CBS’ 7 p.m. episode of How I Met Your Mother upset The Voice’s first half-hour among advertiser-craved 18-to-49-year-olds, with DWTS dropping to a distant third in that 30-minute segment. The Voice then topped the 18-to-49 Nielsens from 7:30 to 9 p.m. before Castle took that prize in the final hour of prime-time.

Fox played dead all night with a 7 p.m. Rihanna special followed by a repeat of Bones. Each ran fifth in both ratings measurements behind ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox Sports Southwest’s Texas Rangers road game against the Cubs (a 9-2 loss).

Here are the local news derby numbers for the eighth weekday of the May “sweeps.”

Two stations amassed all the firsts. WFAA8 won comfortably at 10 p.m. in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming. And Fox4 rolled to another doubleheader win at 6 a.m.

WFAA8 swept the 6 p.m. competitions and Fox4 did likewise at 5 p.m.

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