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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Mon., May 28-31) -- hockey's World Series gets cold shoulder

Two marquee big-city teams and a pair of one-goal games weren't enough to keep pro hockey's Stanley Cup finals off thin ice in D-FW.

Memorial Day night's Game 2 on NBC -- Chicago Blackhawks 2, Philadelphia Flyers 1 -- averaged a paltry 61,076 viewers locally despite drawing national ratings that made it the most-watched second game since 1975, according to the Peacock.

In D-FW, though, the Cup came up well short of comedy and drama repeats on CBS and ABC's first-run combo of The Bachelorette and True Beauty. It also was narrowly outdrawn in the 8 p.m. hour by a second holiday weekend repeat of Fox's The Good Guys, the new made-in-Dallas serio-comic cop series that also was reprised on Friday night.

Hockey did a bit better Monday night among advertiser-craved 18-to-49-year-olds, finishing third at 8 p.m. ahead of Good Guys and moving up to second place in the 9 p.m. hour, behind only True Beauty.

Saturday night's Stanley Cup opener on NBC, a high-scoring 6-5 win by Chicago, tanked in D-FW with just 47,504 total viewers. That was good enough to beat ABC's replay of the Lost finale, but behind Fox's lineup of COPS/America's Most Wanted and CBS' pair of 48 Hours editions from 8 to 10 p.m.

Sunday's afternoon running of the Indianapolis 500 on ABC averaged 128,940 total viewers, edging Fox's prime-time Sprint Cup race (122,153 viewers). Both round 'n' round events averaged more viewers than the weather-delayed Colonial golf tournament on CBS.

In Friday'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.

Fox4 nipped NBC5 at 6 a.m. in total viewers, but the Peacock prevailed with 25-to-54-year-olds.

CBS11 won in total viewers at both 5 and 6 p.m. Among 25-to-54-year-olds, the respective winners were WFAA8 and Fox4.

All four stations took a holiday knee throughout Memorial Day, which basically means that the local newscast numbers are moot.

For the record, though, CBS11 had the most total viewers at 5, 6 and 10 p.m., with Fox4 on top at 6 a.m.

Among 25-to-54-year-olds, CBS11 ran first at 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. while Fox4 did likewise at 5 and 6 p.m.