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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon., June 13) -- Game 5 of Finals dominates prime-time, decimates premiere of BrainDead

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The Cleveland Cavaliers stayed alive, much to the joy of ABC, by beating the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals Monday night.

That means at least one more ratings-rich payday for the network, which also used the Finals to bury CBS’ premiere of the competing BrainDead.

Running until 10:50 p.m., Game 5 averaged 495,768 D-FW viewers and 260,407 in the advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-old age range. That marked the biggest total viewers haul since Game 1’s 517,015 and tied Friday night’s Game 4 for the second highest number of 18-to-49-year-olds. Game 1 still ranks No. 1 with 288,989 viewers in this key demographic.

CBS’ 9 p.m. launch of the serio-comic political drama BrainDead in contrast drew just 84,989 total viewers and 15,879 in the 18-to-49 realm. That put it last at that hour in both measurements among the Big Four broadcast networks.

NBC’s 7 to 9 p.m. edition of American Ninja Warrior was Monday’s runner-up TV attraction with 233,719 total viewers and 92,095 in the 18-to-49 age range.

Here are Monday’s local news derby results.

NBC5 won a downsized three-way 10 p.m. race in both total viewers and with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 again swept the 6 a.m. competitions and TEGNA8 ran the table at 6 p.m. NBC5 scored twin wins at 5 p.m.

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