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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., April 2) -- were Yu watching?

Yu Darvish’s achingly close near-perfect game Tuesday night emerged as D-FW’s most-watched TV attraction in its climactic 15-minute segment. But not as watched as one might expect.

The Texas Rangers’ starter had a perfecto with just one out left to go before the Houston Astros’ Marwin Gonzalez hit a shot through Yu’s legs shortly before 10 p.m. A total of 296,021 viewers were on hand for the 9:45 to 10 p.m. segment on Fox Sports Southwest. The overall average for the game, which ended at 10:05 p.m., was 172,105 viewers.

Surprisingly, the Rangers hit a higher peak crowd -- 309,789 -- and also had a higher overall average (261,600 viewers) for Sunday night’s season-opening loss to Houston on ESPN. Go figure.

Tuesday night’s hit parade was led by NBC’s 7 p.m. hour of The Voice, which had 419,936 viewers and also creamed everything in sight among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds. ABC’s Dancing with the Stars won at 8 p.m. with 357,978 total viewers before the network’s Body of Proof drew 289,136 viewers in topping the Big Four broadcast network Nielsens. Both shows also won their time slots with 18-to-49-year-olds.

The Dallas Mavericks’ late night swoon, a lopsided loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on TNT, averaged 117,031 viewers.

In Tuesday’s local news derby results, WFAA8 won at 10 p.m. in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming. The ABC station added a sweep at 5 p.m.

Fox4 ran the table at 6 a.m. while the 6 p.m. firsts were split between CBS11 in total viewers and Fox4 in the 25-to-54 demographic.

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