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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., June 18) -- overtime overdrive for NBA Finals

ABC’s Game 6 of the NBA Finals took its highest bounce to date in the D-FW Nielsens. That’s what happens when a nail-biting overtime period contrasts with four consecutive blowouts.

The Spurs’ late 4th quarter collapse and the victorious Heat’s frantic rally to force OT ran all the way to 11:13 p.m. after a bit later than usual 8:11 p.m. start. It averaged 674,652 total viewers in easily wiping out the Game 5 high of 516,315. Game 6 also set a new mark among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, with 379,539 viewers in this age range. That obliterated the Game 4 total of 283,857, which had been the biggest haul to date.

Game 6’s peak audience came in the closing minutes, when just shy of a million viewers -- 991,325 -- were tuned in. The 18-to-49 audience totaled 570,903 during that same segment Tuesday. Look for the climactic Game 7 Thursday night on ABC.

On any other night, NBC’s 8 to 10 p.m. season finale of The Voice would have been prime-time’s ratings champ. It still had big numbers, with 447,473 total viewers and 207,311 in the 18-to-49 motherlode. The Peacock won the 7 p.m. hour with America’s Got Talent, which drew 268,484 viewers with 111,629 in the 18-to-49 zone.

On Fox Sports Southwest, the Texas Rangers’ lackluster loss to the first-place Oakland A’s averaged 165,221 total viewers.

In Tuesday’s have-not ratings, KTXD-TV’s (Ch. 47) D: The Broadcast continued to go unnoticed from 9 to 11 a.m. It had “hashmarks” (no measurable audience) in all ratings barometers. The station’s highest scorer, a 3:30 p.m. repeat of Adam 12, drew 27,537 viewers.

Here are the local news derby results:

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

Fox4 remained solidly atop the 6 a.m. Nielsens with twin wins while NBC5 swept the 5 p.m. competitions and added a 6 p.m. first among 25-to-54-year-olds. WFAA8 had the most viewers at 6 p.m.

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