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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., June 12) -- hockey at last gets a Cup full

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The ratings haven’t been kind to the Stanley Cup finals in these parts. But Wednesday night’s deciding Game 7, while certainly not a blockbuster, at least reigned as the overall top TV attraction in D-FW’s prime-time Nielsens.

The St. Louis Blues’ 4-1 road win over the Boston Bruins, which ended at 9:41 p.m. on NBC, averaged 119,498 total viewers and 48,307 within the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old age range.

Fox4 9 p.m. local newscast drew more total viewers (161,674). But the closing 9 to 9:45 portion of the Stanley Cup game (Nielsen measures in 15-minute increments) tied the news with that same number of viewers. And during the actual running time of the game, Lord Stanley won throughout the night with 18-to-49ers.

ABC’s launch of its summertime game show bloc, including the premieres of new versions of Press Your Luck and Card Sharks, ran an overall third in total viewers behind hockey and the Fox/Fox4 lineup. In the 18-to-49 realm, Press Your Luck tied Fox’s competing Masterchef for second place in this key demographic before Card Sharks had second place to itself from 8 to 9 p.m. and Match Game faded to a distant third in the 9 p.m. hour.

Here are Wednesday’s local news derby results.

WFAA8 won at 10 p.m. in both total viewers and with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 likewise swept the 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. races. At 6 p.m., WFAA8 won in total viewers and tied CBS11 for the top spot with 25-to-54-year-olds.

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