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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed.-Thurs., June 15-16) -- Game 6 of NBA Finals dominates but also falls short

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ABC cruised to another easy prime-time win with Game 6 of the NBA Finals, which the Cleveland Cavaliers won to force a Sunday night Game 7 against the defending champion Golden State Warriors.

But the numbers fell well short of previous totals. The Cavs’ 115 to 101 win, which stretched to 10:46 p.m., averaged 474,521 D-FW viewers and 219,123 in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old age range.

The total viewers mark came up short of Game 1 (517,015), Game 2 (488,686) and Game 5 (495,768). And among 18-to-49-year-olds, Game 6 outdrew only Game 3 (196,893). Game 1 still holds the series’ high in this key demographic, with 288,989 viewers in the 18-to-49 realm.

NBC paid the biggest price opposite Thursday night’s Game 6. The Peacock’s two-hour return of the Charles Manson-themed Aquarius had just 49,577 total viewers and a sub-piddling 9,527 in the 18-to-49 age range.

Fox’s 8 p.m. Season 2 premiere of Home Free, with Tim Tebow as a new host, also deconstructed with 70,824 total viewers and 19,054 in the 18-to-49 demographic.

Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast, which led with heavy coverage of Donald Trump’s rally in Dallas, fared best opposite the Finals with 177,060 total viewers and 57,163 in the 18-to-49 measurement.

Over on Fox Sports Southwest, the Texas Rangers’ Colby Lewis had a no-hitter going into the ninth inning against Oakland before winning 5-1 and giving up two hits.
Airing from mid-afternoon to early evening, the game averaged 113,318 total viewers with a peak crowd of 205,390 as the drama built.

On a rerun-pocked Wednesday night, CBS’ repeats of Criminal Minds and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders led the prime-time parade in total viewers with 148,730 apiece. Fox’sMasterchef fared best in the 18-to-49 realm with 44,460 viewers.

Here are the Wednesday and Thursday local news derby results.

Wednesday -- CBS11 had the most total viewers at 10 p.m. while Fox4 led with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Otherwise it was all NBC5, whose newscasts swept the 6 a.m. and 5 and 6 p.m. competitions.

Thursday -- ABC’s NBA Finals run-over made it a three-way competition at 10 p.m. NBC5 and CBS11 shared the lead in total viewers while the Peacock and Fox4 tied for the top spot among 25-to-54-year-olds.

Fox4 had twin wins at 6 a.m. and NBC5 ran the table at 5 p.m. The Peacock and TEGNA8 tied for the most total viewers at 6 p.m., but NBC5 won outright with 25-to-54-year-olds. Fox4’s 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts were rubbed out by the Fox network’s U.S. Open golf tournament coverage.

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