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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Sun., June 22-24) -- Rangers roll again as top weekend attraction

Injury-riddled but still finding ways to win, the first-place Texas Rangers keep packing 'em in, both at the stadium and on D-FW's Nielsen scorecard.

Friday night's home win against Colorado emerged as the weekend's most-watched TV attraction with 284,512 viewers on TXA21. A decent-sized chunk of that audience -- 96,069 viewers -- was in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49 age range. No other weekend program came close to matching that number either.

Sunday's Rangers game, an early evening start on Fox Sports Southwest, ranked No. 2 for the weekend with an average of 264,190 total viewers. Saturday afternoon's game on FSS, the only one Texas lost, managed 169,353 viewers. That's the one where the Rangers fell behind 11-1 before rallying to make it 11-7 in the end.

On Sunday night, the premiere of TNT's first "reality" series, The Great Escape, had 54,193 viewers in the 9 p.m. hour, falling off from 108,386 for the preceding new episode of the network's Falling Skies.

Over on HBO, the 9 p.m. premiere of Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom drew 47,419 viewers, up a bit from the preceding True Blood's 40,645 viewers.

In Friday's local news derby results, WFAA8 came close to achieving a very rare grand slam of the four major competitions. The ABC affiliate won at 5, 6 and 10 p.m. in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

WFAA8 also ran first at 6 a.m. in the key 25-to-54 demographic, but Fox4 topped the Nielsens at that hour in total viewers ahead of runner-up NBC5 and third-place WFAA8.

Ratings were more dismal than usual for the last edition of CBS11's early morning news before the Monday debut of new anchors Brendan Higgins and Adrienne Bankert.

CBS11 ran behind CW33's comedy-laced Eye Opener in total viewers at both the 5 and 6 a.m. hours. And the two stations tied for fourth place in the 25-to-54 measurement.