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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Sun., June 10-12) -- Tonys play well

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No longer a loss leader for CBS, the Tony Awards held their own Sunday night.

Starting with host James Corden’s solemn reference to the early Sunday a.m. mass shooting at an Orlando, FL gay nightclub, the 70th annual ceremony outdrew all competing prime-time programming in total viewers save for Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast. The three hour, 15 minute telecast, dominated by the musical Hamilton, averaged 191,225 D-FW viewers while narrowly losing the 9 to 10 p.m. hour to Fox4’s news.

Over on NBC, Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Pittsburgh Penguins and San Jose Sharks drew 113,318 viewers. The Penguins closed out the Sharks 3-1 to win the Cup.

Among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, the Tonys averaged 50,811 viewers for the full program. In the 9 p.m. hour, Broadway’s best fell short of Fox4’s news (60,338 viewers) and tied a repeat of ABC’s Celebrity Family Feud.

Saturday’s early evening telecast of the Belmont Stakes on NBC drew 177,060 total viewers during the 15-minute window in which the race was run. Part One of O.J.: Made In America, which opened on ABC before switching to ESPN for the final four parts, won its 8 to 10 p.m. slot with 99,154 total viewers and 38,108 in the 18-to-49 demographic.

Friday night’s Game 4 of ABC’s NBA Finals, which was close most of the way and ended at 10:51 p.m., averaged 453,274 total viewers and 260,407 in the 18-to-49 age range. Those numbers were up from the 410,779 total viewers and 196,893 in the 18-to-49 realm for Game 3’s blowout win by the Cleveland Cavaliers over the Golden State Warriors. But the Warriors now lead the series three games to one after their hard-fought win in Game 4.

Here are Friday’s local news derby results.

At 10 p.m., soccer and the NBA Finals respectively delayed the local news on Fox4 and TEGNA8. NBC5 won a two-way competition with CBS11 in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. competitions and NBC5 did likewise at 6 p.m. in a three-way race that left Fox4 out of the mix due to soccer. Fox4 and the Peacock tied for the most total viewers at 5 p.m. while NBC5 was alone on top with 25-to-54-year-olds.

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