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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., June 10) -- another slam dunk for NBA Finals

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The Spurs’ rout of the Heat in Game 3 of the NBA Finals likely suppressed the potential audience as the outcome became obvious.

ABC’s telecast dominated anyway for a game that ran from 8:11 p.m. to 10:46 p.m.

Technically, the full 10:45 to 11 p.m. increment is supposed to be factored into the overall game average. But in reality, ABC’s brief post-game show, a big block of commercials and WFAA8’s late-starting local newscast filled 14 of those minutes. So we’re going to give you a more realistically accurate count by discarding those 15 minutes but including the full 8 to 8:15 p.m. segment in the overall rating average.

So here’s the score. San Antonio’s 111-92 demolition of Miami averaged 454,483 D-FW viewers, with 260,054 of them in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49 demographic.

The total audience fell just shy of Game 2’s 461,585 viewers. But this was the highest-rated game among 18-to-49-year-olds, beating the 237,739 for Game 2.

NBC’s first hour of America’s Got Talent gave the Peacock a 7 to 8 p.m. win with 241,444 total viewers opposite CBS’ NCIS repeat (205,938) and ABC’s pre-game combo of a Jimmy Kimmel Finals special (78,114) and a half-hour of on-site buildup from Miami (120,722). Kimmel moved ahead of NCIS among 18-to-49-year-olds before the 7:30 to 8 p.m. portion of pre-game filler ran first ahead of America’s Got Talent.

Fox’s 7 to 9 p.m. combo of Riot and I Wanna Marry Harry ran last in total viewers among the Big Four broadcast networks. Harry inched up to third place, ahead of CBS’ NCIS: Los Angeles repeat, in the 18-to-49 demographic.

Over on Fox Sports Southwest, the struggling, injury-decimated Texas Rangers continued to slump in the ratings as well. Their 8-5 loss to the Miami Marlins averaged 92,317 total viewers, ending at almost exactly the same that Spurs-Heat did.

Here are Tuesday’s local news derby numbers.

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

The Peacock also swept the 6 a.m. competitions. The sweeping continued at 5 and 6 p.m., with Fox4 and WFAA8 respectively scoring twin wins.

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