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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs., May 12) -- Big Bang's the top draw while Thunder-Spurs also roll

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CBS’ The Big Bang Theory again had the most ratings pop Thursday night before “Pop’s” San Antonio Spurs drew increasingly bigger crowds while being bludgeoned out of the post-season by the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Big Bang had 332,873 D-FW viewers at 7 p.m. while also leading the prime-time pack among advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds (92,095).

Spurs-Thunder then began rolling on ESPN. The entire game averaged 184,142 total viewers and 85,744 in the 18-to-49 age range.

Other than Big Bang, only NBC’s 8 p.m. hour of Blacklist had more total viewers (212,472). But Spurs-Thunder ranked second for the night among 18-to-49-year-olds.

Here are the local news derby results for the 11th weekday of the May ratings “sweeps.”

TEGNA8 won at 10 p.m. in both total viewers and with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 ran first at 6 a.m. in total viewers, but uncommonly lost the 25-to-54 race to NBC5.

The Peacock stayed solid at 5 and 6 p.m. with commanding wins across the board. It was NBC5’s third straight sweep of the early evening news ratings.

With the sweeps just over halfway finished, CBS11 has no reasonable chance to win anywhere and possibly could finish last across the board at 6 a.m. and 5, 6 and 10 p.m.

TEGNA8’s best chance for victory is at 10 p.m. in total viewers. But that’s still too close to call. Fox4 and NBC5 otherwise will split the spoils, unless viewing habits take some very sharp detours during the final nine weekdays of the sweeps.

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