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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Sun., April 27-29) -- Idol perks upward

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Now in the home stretch of crowning a 16th champion, ABC’s two-hour live edition of American Idol significantly improved on the previous Sunday’s dismal showing.

Idol drew 199,419 D-FW viewers from 7 to 9 p.m., winning the first hour outright and tying CBS’ competing NCIS: Los Angeles for the top spot from 8 to 9 p.m.

But Idol easily won both hours in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old range, averaging 43,688 viewers compared to just 21,844 on Sunday, April 22nd. Those aren’t imposing numbers in either measurement, but were enough to pull Idol out of free fall.

The day’s biggest hauls of 18-to-49ers went to ABC’s afternoon pair of NBA playoff games. The Cleveland Cavaliers-Indiana Pacers Game 7 of Round One scored 87,377 viewers before the opening game between the Houston Rockets and Utah Jazz dropped just slightly to 84,256 in the 18-to-49 realm.

Sunday’s closing 9 p.m. prime-time hour was won by CBS’ Madam Secretary in total viewers (199,419) and Fox4’s local newscast with 18-to-49-year-olds (43,688).

On Friday night, Fox4’s second/third round coverage of the NFL draft (a simulcast of the NFL Network’s presentation) not surprisingly fell off dramatically from Thursday’s first round festivities. But it still had enough juice for Fox4 to win the night from start to stop (6 to 10 p.m.) among 18-to-49-year-olds with an average of 31,206. In total viewers, the draft drew 113,954 in losing decisively from 8 to 10 p.m. to CBS’ combo of Hawaii Five-0 (170,930) and Blue Bloods (206,541).

Here are Friday’s local news derby results for the second weekday of the May “sweeps” ratings period.

NBC5 and TEGNA8 shared the 10 p.m. lead in total viewers while TEGNA8 won outright among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 as usual swept the 6 a.m. competitions, and NBC5 had win wins at 6 p.m. in a downsized three-way race. At 5 p.m., the Peacock ran first in total viewers while Fox4 was tops with 25-to-54-year-olds.

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