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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues.-Wed., April 14-15) -- CBS sets prime-time pace

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CBS hit some bumps but largely had prime-time go its way on both Tuesday and Wednesday.

On Wednesday night, Survivor ran second to Fox’s first hour of American Idol in total D-FW viewers but tied the sing-a-thon for first among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds. CBS’ 8 p.m. entry, Criminal Minds, then beat Idol in total viewers and shared first place with Fox in the 18-to-49 demographic.

At 9 p.m., CBS’ CSI: Cyber took the top spot in total viewers but was nipped among 18-to-49-year-olds by ABC’s Nashville.

Over on Fox Sports Southwest, the Dallas Mavericks’ last regular season game, a home win against Portland, averaged 69,740 total viewers and 28,384 in the 18-to-49 range. For the most part, that put the game in fifth place behind the Big Four broadcast networks. But the Mavs did outdraw NBC’s trio of drama repeats in the 18-to-49 realm.

The Mavs now will take on the Houston Rockets in the first round of the NBA playoffs, starting Saturday. All of the Round 1 games will be carried locally on TXA21 in addition to either ESPN, TNT or possibly NBA TV. (Note to Mavs play-by-play guy Mark Followill: You’re welcome.)

Tuesday’s prime-time Nielsens were swept in total viewers by the CBS crime-time trifecta of NCIS, NCIS: New Orleans and Person of Interest. In the 18-to-49 age range, the winners were NBC’s The Voice, NCIS: New Orleans and NBC’s Chicago Fire.

Here are the Tuesday-Wednesday local news derby results.

Tuesday -- Gannett8 and CBS11 tied for the most total viewers at 10 p.m., but Gannett8 ran an outright first with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 again swept the 6 a.m. competitions while the 6 p.m. races were split between CBS11 in total viewers and Gannett8 in the 25-to-54 measurement.

The 5 p.m. golds went to Gannett8 in total viewers and NBC5 with 25-to-54-year-olds.

Wednesday -- Gannett8 ran the table at 10 p.m. and Fox4 as usual did likewise at 6 a.m.

Fox4 added 25-to-54 wins at both 5 and 6 p.m. The total viewer laurels at those hours respectively went to NBC5 and Gannett8.

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