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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Sun., June 25-27) -- net loss for U.S. soccer team but big gain for ABC

Saturday afternoon's U.S. loss to Ghana in a World Cup soccer elimination match easily drew the biggest D-FW crowds of the entire weekend.

Ghana's 2-1 overtime win, which put it among the tournament's final eight teams, stretched from 1:30 to 4 p.m. The game averaged 312,170 viewers, with a peak crowd of 413,964 in the closing 15 minutes.

More than half of the overall audience -- 166,342 -- consisted of advertiser-favored 18-to-49-year-olds. A total of 198,958 viewers in this age range watched the final 15 minutes.

ABC didn't fare as well Sunday night with the second episodes of its new 8 to 10 p.m. duo of Scoundrels and The Gates.

Scoundrels managed a second place finish in total viewers, with CBS' Daytime Emmy Awards nipping it for the top spot. But the newcomer slid to fourth place with 18-to-49-year-olds.

The Gates, with 88,222 total viewers, dipped a bit below Scoundrel's 95,008 to finish in a third place tie at 9 p.m. Fox4's local newscast won with 135,726 viewers, outdrawing the closing hour of the Emmys.

ABC's vampire drama moved up to second place with 18-to-49-year-olds, though. Fox4's news again led the way.

In Friday's Nielsens, Good Morning Texas' landing of Dallas-bred Jake Pavelka failed to move the ratings needle despite all the commotion over his recent breakup with Bachelor "fiancee" Vienna Girardi. Perhaps it didn't help that the show's incumbent co-host, Amy Vanderoef, barely asked Pavelka about it, instead opting to fawn over him.

GMT had 27,145 total viewers in the 9 a.m. hour. That put it in a third-place tie with CBS11's syndicated Rachael Ray behind the third hour of NBC's Today (101,795 viewers) and CW33's Jerry Springer (33,932 viewers).

Among 18-to-49-year-olds, the WFAA8-produced GMT dipped to a fourth place tie with Fox4's syndicated Regis & Kelly.

TXA21's prime-time Texas Rangers game of the week Friday, a home loss to the Houston Astros, averaged 156,085 total viewers to register as the night's biggest overall draw. Rangers-Astros also ran a close second among 18-to-49-year-olds from 8 to 10 p.m., with NBC's competing Dateline barely on top.

Friday's local news derby results yielded a split decision at 10 p.m., with WFAA8 winning in total viewers and NBC5 taking the gold among 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

The Peacock also swept the 6 a.m. ratings, again outpointing runner-up Fox4 in both measurements.

CBS11 won at 6 p.m. in total viewers, but WFAA8 had the edge among 25-to-54-year-olds. Fox4 finished atop the 5 p.m. Nielsens in total viewers while NBC5 and WFAA8 shared first place in the 25-to-54 demographic.