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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs., June 5) -- big bounce for Game 1 of NBA Finals

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Maybe LeBron did. But Game 1 of the NBA Finals didn’t need no stinkin’ AC on ABC Thursday night.

The San Antonio Spurs’ 110-95 win over Miami, with the entire second half played in non-air conditioned comfort, tore through prime-time and flattened everything else.

Starting unnecessarily late at 8:10 p.m. and running until 10:40 p.m., the game averaged a robust 390,572 D-FW viewers. Well more than half of them -- 231,226 -- were in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49 age range.

The closest prime-time attraction airing opposite the Finals, Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast, had respective totals of 149,127 and 61,877 viewers.

From 7 to 7:30 p.m., though, CBS’ rerun of The Big Bang Theory squashed Jimmy Kimmel’s ABC pre-game show by a score of 248,546 to 85,216 in total viewers. Among 18-to-49-year-olds, Kimmel and Big Bang tied with 55,364. But both were beaten by the first half-hour of Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen (61,877 viewers in the 18-to-49 demographic).

CW33’s new, anchor-less NewsFix recorded its first “hashmarks” (no measurable audience) at 9 p.m. in both key ratings measurements.

Here are Thursday’s local news derby results among D-FW’s four major providers.

CBS11 had the most total viewers at 10 p.m. in a downsized three-way race while Fox4 won among 25-to-54-year-olds (the main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 also swept the 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. competitions and added a 6 p.m. win with 25-to-54-year-olds. WFAA8 had the most total viewers at 6 p.m.

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