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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Sun., May 14-16) -- Volley of ABC season finales and Survivor fight to finish Sunday night

Casey at the bat during Friday's Good Day. Photo: Ed Bark

CBS' three-hour Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains extravaganza traded punches Sunday night with ABC's trio of season finales. It was a split decision.

ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition took the 7 p.m. hour with 230,734 D-FW viewers while former Dallasite Colby Donaldson finally was counted out in the first hour of Survivor (190,016 viewers). But Survivor prevailed among advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds.

The season's last episode of Desperate Housewives then amassed the night's most total viewers in thumping the second hour of Survivor by a score of 359,647 to 223,948. Still, Survivor managed a first-place tie with DH among 18-to-49-year-olds.

The announcement of Survivor's victor, which spilled into the early minutes of a very lively live reunion hour, yielded the long-running reality competition show 203,589 total viewers at 9 p.m. That fell short of Brothers & Sisters 223,948 viewers, but Survivor won handily in the 18-to-49 demographic. For the record, the winner -- for a second time -- was Sandra Diaz-Twine.

Over on NBC, Donald Trump's annual Miss USA pageant skimped and limped to a very modest total of 101,795 viewers in Sunday's 6 to 8 p.m. slot.

Sunday afternoon's Game 1 of the Boston Celtics-Orlando Magic Eastern Conference Finals on ABC averaged 135,726 viewers in easily besting all competing programming.

Saturday's running of the Preakness on NBC, which started between 5:15 and 5:30 p.m., had 149,299 viewers during that 15-minute increment. The Peacock's season finale of Saturday Night Live was the day's most-watched attraction with 196,803 viewers.

In Friday's prime-time numbers, NBC's made-in-Austin Friday Night Lights fared reasonably well in the 7 p.m. hour with 122,153 total viewers. That made it a close second to CBS' competing Ghost Whisperer (135,726 viewers). Lights tied ABC's Wife Swap and The CW's Smallville for second among 18-to-49-year-olds. TXA21's Texas Rangers-Toronto Blue Jays game took the gold in that key measurement.

In local news derby results, WFAA8 won at 10 p.m. in total viewers while Fox4 ran first with 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

At 6 a.m., Fox4's buildup of American Idol finalist Casey James' appearance (he arrived near the end of the hour and then stayed awhile) wasn't quite enough to outdraw NBC5's competing waker upper. The Peacock edged Fox4 from 6 to 7 a.m. in total viewers while the two stations tied for first with 25-to-54-year-olds.

Despite James' appearance, Fox4 ran second from 7 to 8 a.m. to NBC's Today.

WFAA8 had a big Friday in the early evening news competitions, running the table at both 5 and 6 p.m.