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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., June 15) -- Lakers romp, NBA Finals stomp

Prime-time schedules were skewed a bit Tuesday night by President Obama's lead-off remarks on the Gulf oil spill. But Game 6 of the NBA Finals started on time, and after that nothing else really mattered.

The Los Angeles Lakers' start-to-stop rout of the Boston Celtics again played through local late night newscasts, ending at 10:38 p.m. Absent any fourth quarter drama, the game nonetheless averaged 400,392 D-FW viewers. Tuesday's most-watched competing attraction, Fox's Hell's Kitchen, managed 183,230 viewers. That was good enough to beat NBC's usually potent America's Got Talent (176,444 viewers) in the 8 p.m. hour.

The climactic Game 7 will be on Thursday night. If it's close, look for ABC to crack the half million viewers mark in D-FW.

President Obama had his biggest tune-ins on ABC and NBC, with each network drawing 128,940 viewers.

In local news derby results, both WFAA8 and CBS11 had their regular 10 p.m. start times pushed back by network over-runs. That left just Fox4 and NBC5 to battle it out, with the Peacock winning in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

Fox4's Good Day had an unusually big day, beating usual top dog NBC5 in both measurements and also winning the 7 to 9 a.m. slot with 25-to-54-year-olds against the three network morning shows. NBC's Today, however, had more total viewers than Good Day.

CBS11 continued to perform well at 6 p.m., where it ran the table. NBC5 ran first in total viewers at 5 p.m. and tied CBS11 for the top spot in the 25-to-54 demographic.