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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., May 31) -- NBC sets prime-time pace with return of America's Got Talent

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NBC segued effortlessly Tuesday night from The Voice to the latest season premiere of America’s Got Talent.

Newly fortified with a notably softer Simon Cowell in place of Howard Stern, AGT dominated in D-FW from 7 to 9 p.m. with 347,038 viewers and 88,920 in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old demographic. That’s a lousy percentage of “desirable” viewers, but a win’s a win.

The Peacock’s premiere of Maya & Marty, starring May Rudolph and Martin Short in a variety/comedy format, also won at 9 p.m. with 63,514 viewers in the 18-to-49 age range. But Fox4’s local newscast took the hour in total viewers (226,637) while M&M (162,835 viewers) slipped to third behind a new episode of CBS’ Person of Interest (198,307), which has been canceled.

Fox’s 7 p.m. episode of Hotel Hell flexed the biggest percentage-wise bang among 18-to-49-year-olds, drawing 50,811 compared to a total viewership of 99,154.

On Fox Sports Southwest, the Texas Rangers’ road win at Cleveland averaged 155,813 total viewers and 53,987 in the 18-to-49 demographic.

Here are Tuesday’s local news derby results:

CBS11 had the most total viewers at 10 p.m. while NBC5 won among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 logged twin wins at 6 a.m. and also swept the 6 p.m. competitions. The 5 p.m. firsts went to NBC5 in total viewers and Fox4 among 25-to-54-year-olds.

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