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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Sun., April 15-17) -- puck drops for Stars vs. Mavs in post-season

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The Dallas Mavericks got demolished by the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 1 of their post-season series while the Dallas Stars took a 2-0 lead over the Minnesota Wild with a 2-1 win in Game 2 of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series.

Both match ups were on Saturday night, with the Mavericks getting a late start -- but on two networks -- while the Stars faced off at 7 p.m. on Fox Sports Southwest alone.

Stars-Wild averaged 99,154 D-FW viewers, topping their Game 1 total of 84,989. Among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, hockey weighed in with 53,987 viewers to equal Game 1’s total in this key demographic.

The start of the Mavericks-Thunder game was pushed a bit past 8:45 p.m. by the down-to-the-wire Atlanta Hawks-Boston Celtics matchup on ESPN. So ESPN joined Mavs-Thunder in progress, but with only about two-and-a-half minutes expired in the first quarter.

TXA21’s home-grown, “homer”-infused telecast averaged 113,318 total viewers, with the audience steadily diminishing in the second half. ESPN ended up averaging 106,236 viewers after a slow start but had stronger second half numbers than TXA21’s. In the 18-to-49-year-old demographic, TXA21 had 57,163 viewers while ESPN drew 50,811 and again beat TXA21 down the stretch.

Caveat: TXA21 play-by-play announcer Mark Followill has tangled with your friendly content provider in the past over whether TXA21’s telecasts of first-round Mavs playoff games are reflected in up-to-date TV listings. He argues that a significant number of viewers go to the national cable-cast out of ignorance that TXA21 is offering a local alternative. Whatever the case, TXA21 overall edged ESPN in both major ratings measurements for Saturday’s Game 1.

Sunday’s prime-time Nielsens again were paced by NBC’s 7 p.m. episode of Little Big Shots, which had 339,955 total viewers and 79,393 in the 18-to-49 motherlode.

In Friday’s numbers, CBS’ 9 p.m. episode of Blue Bloods as usual led all comers with 240,802 total viewers. But Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast and NBC’s competing Dateline were the top draws among 18-to-49-year-olds with 47,636 viewers apiece.

Here are Friday’s local news derby results.

CBS11 pulled in the most total viewers at 10 p.m. while Fox4 led among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 drew the most total viewers at 6 a.m. but had its multi-month winning streak snapped by NBC5 in the 25-to-54-year-old demographic. The gap between the front-running Peacock and the now again dormant CBS11 was eye-popping among 25-to-54-year-olds. NBC5 had 62,502 viewers in this important demographic compared to CBS11’s 5,953.

NBC5 capped off its big day with a sweep of both the 5 and 6 p.m. competitions. The station’s 4 p.m. local newscast also remained strong, decisively beating competing news hours on TEGNA8 and CBS11 in both ratings measurements while also knocking off Fox4’s double dose of Judge Judy.

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