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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Sun., July 17-19) -- Watson's run, Kinsler's home run liven sleepytime weekend ratings

ABC's coverage of Tom Watson's near-miracle win at the British Open and Ian Kinsler's walk-off blast on Fox Sports Southwest provided at least small energy boosts to overall low weekend viewing levels.

Watson's blown putt on the 18th hole and his subsequent four-hole playoff loss to Stuart Cink dominated the noon to 1:30 p.m. Nielsens, averaging 139,503 D-FW viewers.

Kinsler's 12th inning home run, hit just before 11 p.m. to give the Texas Ranger a much-need home win over Minnesota, was seen by 152,789 viewers. That easily outdrew the competing Sunday night sports specials on NBC5, WFAA8 and CBS11.

CBS' one-hour tribute to the late Walter Cronkite, which filled the network's 6 p.m. 60 Minutes slot, drew just 93,002 viewers in losing to ABC's competing America's Funniest Home Videos and NBC's Dateline (119,574 viewers each).

Saturday's most-watched television program, NBC5's 10 p.m. newscast, had 171,718 viewers. The Rangers' loss to the Twins managed 73,073 viewers on FSS.

Friday's pace-setting program, WFAA8's late night newscast, drew 186,004 viewers. WFAA8 also won at 10 p.m. among 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

Fox4 and NBC5 split the spoils in the three other other four-way local news competitions, with WFAA8 nowhere near first place.

NBC5 as usual swept the 6 a.m. ratings The 6 p.m. firsts went to the Peacock in total viewers, with NBC5 and Fox4 tying among 25-to-54-year-olds.

The two stations also tied for the top spot at 5 p.m. in total viewers; Fox4 had the gold to itself in the 25-to-54-year-old demographic.

WFAA8 finished fourth across the board, save for a third place tie at 5 p.m. with CBS11 among 25-to-54-year-olds.