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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Sun., June 7-9) -- Finals roll again despite lopsided outcome

Miami’s thrashing of San Antonio in Game 2 of the NBA Finals didn’t stop the ratings from flowing.

The ABC telecast, a rout that ran until 9:25 p.m., averaged 468,126 viewers. That’s actually better than the 433,705 viewers for Thursday night’s down-to-the-wire win by the Spurs.

ABC also again cashed in big among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, with more than half the audience -- 277,478 -- in this age range. That likewise exceeded Thursday’s total of 264,720.

Opposite the NBA on CBS, the annual Tony Awards never had a chance. The ceremony averaged 130,800 viewers with 25,515 in the 18-to-49 demographic.

Sunday night’s runner-up among 18-to-49-year-olds was HBO’s 8 p.m. Season 3 finale of Game of Thrones, which had 79,735 viewers in this age range and 117,031 overall.

On Sunday afternoon, the Texas Rangers’ comeback win at Toronto drew 185,873 total viewers on Fox Sports Southwest.

Saturday’s marathon 18-inning Rangers-Blue Jays game, which stretched all the way until 5:36 p.m., presented an imposing challenge to Uncle Barky’s hand calculator technology. But adding up each 15-minute segment shows that this game had an overall average of 178,989 viewers, with a peak crowd of 247,831 between 5:15 and 5:30 p.m. The Rangers lost.

Friday night’s Rangers loss on TXA21 drew 158,337 viewers, good enough to easily beat all competing prime-time programs.

In Friday’s local news derby results, WFAA8 won at 10 p.m. in total viewers while NBC5 ran first among 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

Fox4 ran the table at 6 a.m. and the Peacock did likewise at 5 p.m. WFAA8 added another sweep to the proceedings with twin wins at 6 p.m.

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