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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs.-Sun., May 29-June 1) -- Spurs-Thunder top weekend sports attractions; NBC's Crossbones off to decent start

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The San Antonio Spurs’ Saturday night closeout of the Oklahoma City Thunder topped the weekend sports numbers and set up what’s likely to be a high-rated NBA Finals replay on ABC against the defending champion Miami Heat.

Saturday night’s late-running overtime game on TNT averaged 191,735 D-FW viewers with a peak crowd of 298,255 for the final full 15-minute segment. In comparison, the Texas Rangers’ same-day afternoon loss at Washington averaged 49,709 viewers on Fox Sports Southwest.

Sunday afternoon’s Rangers win, propelled by Yu Darvish’s eight innings of shutout pitching, more than doubled that crowd with 113,621 viewers on FSS. Later Sunday, an average of 35,507 viewers found their way to NBC Sports Net for the L.A. Kings’ 5-4 overtime win against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 7 of their series. The Kings’ winning goal, at 10:10 p.m., was seen by a high of 56,810 viewers.

The hockey game, with L.A. advancing to this week’s Stanley Cup finals against the New York Rangers, handily outdrew AMC’s 9 p.m. premiere of Halt and Catch Fire, a rise-of-the-personal computer drama set in North Texas’ “Silicon Prairie,” circa 1983. It averaged just 14,203 viewers as Mad Men’s successor in that time slot.

On Friday night, NBC’s 9 p.m. launch of the John Malkovich-driven Crossbones ran second in its time slot (behind ABC’s 20/20) with 142,026 viewers. The pirate drama likewise took the silver among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, again trailing 20/20.

NBC’s Thursday night newbie, the sitcom Undateable, had rougher sailing with back-to-back episodes from 8 to 9 p.m. The first one drew 78,114 total viewers before the second dipped to 56,810 viewers. That was good enough to beat ABC’s competing Bachelorette special, but Undateable otherwise ran well behind CBS’ sitcom repeats and a new episode of Fox’s Gang Related.

Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen and Fox4’s local newscast respectively controlled Thursday’s 7 and 9 p.m. hours among 18-to-49-year-olds. The news also romped at 9 p.m. with total viewers.

Here are the four-way local news derby results for Thursday and Friday.

Thursday -- NBC5 came within an eyelash of an exceedingly rare double grand slam. The Peacock swept the 6 a.m. and 5 and 6 p.m. competitions in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (the main advertiser target audience for news programming). NBC5 also had the most 25-to-54-year-olds at 10 p.m. but was nipped in total viewers by CBS11 (157,649 to 153,388).

Friday -- WFAA8 swept the 10 p.m. competitions and Fox4 did likewise at 6 a.m.

NBC5 had the most total viewers at 6 p.m. and the most 25-to-54-year-olds at 5 p.m. The other firsts went to Fox4 at 5 p.m. in total viewers and CBS11 at 6 p.m. in the 25-to-54 demographic.

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