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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Sun., June 6-8) -- hoops, horses, hockey

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Playing in air-conditioned comfort throughout, the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs nonetheless got hotter in the D-FW Nielsen ratings.

Game 2 of the NBA Finals, won 98-96 by Miami, ran until 9:43 p.m. Sunday on ABC and demolished competition from the Tony Awards on CBS and Donald Trump’s Miss USA pageant on NBC.

Heat-Spurs averaged 461,585 viewers with a peak crowd of 667,522 for the final minutes of the game. Among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, the game averaged 237,739 viewers with a high point of 371,264 in the closing minutes. Game 1 in its entirety averaged 390,572 total viewers with 231,226 in the 18-to-49 demographic.

The Miss USA pageant came in second Sunday night with 156,229 total viewers and 58,621 in the 18-to-49 motherlode. The Tonys took the bronze among the Big Four broadcast networks with respective totals of 142,016 and 42,337 viewers.

On early Saturday evening, the California Chrome-infused Belmont Stakes on NBC dominated all sports activity. After a long buildup, the horses broke from the starting gate during the 5:45 to 6 p.m. increment measured by Nielsen Media Research. A TV crowd of 475,787 total viewers watched during that quarter-hour, with a smallish 107,471 in the 18-to-49 age range. Horse racing may be the “Sport of Kings,” but it’s also the sport of oldsters compared to the NBA.

NBC then quickly fired up Game 2 of the Los Angeles-Kings-New York Rangers Stanley Cup finals match. It ran from 6:31 to 10:40 p.m., when the Kings again beat the Rangers in overtime. The match averaged 63,912 total viewers, but again had a very nice-sized percentage of 18-to-49-year-olds (45,594).

Friday’s prime-time Texas Rangers home win over Cleveland, with Yu Darvish on the mound, averaged 127,823 total viewers on TXA21, with 35,824 in the 18-to-49 range.

Here are Friday’s local news derby numbers.

WFAA8 won at 10 p.m. in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming. The station also ran the table at 6 p.m.

Fox4 and WFAA8 tied for the top spot in total viewers at 6 a.m. The golds among 25-to-54-year-olds were shared by Fox4 and NBC5.

Fox4 added 5 p.m. wins in both ratings measurements.

LOCAL TV/RADIO NOTE -- Courtney Kerr, one of the co-hosts on KTXD-TV’s The Broadcast, is adding a radio show to her resume.

Starting on Monday, June 23rd, she’ll be co-hosting KVIL radio’s (103.7 FM) new Courtney Kerr’s Lunchtime Takeover with Leigh Ann Adam. The show will run weekdays from noon to 1:20 p.m.

Kerr also will remain with The Broadcast, which airs live from 9 to 11 a.m. on weekdays and is repeated from 4 to 6 p.m. A spokesperson confirms that Kerr will be “zipping right over” from KTXD to KVIL.

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