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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., June 12)

ABC's Game 3 of the NBA Finals hit another double-digit ratings jackpot in D-FW, again performing far better here than nationally.

San Antonio's last-minute win over Cleveland peaked at a 15.6 rating (371,280 homes) in its closing quarter-hour, pushing Belo8's 10 p.m. newscast 45 minutes past its regular start time. Overall, the game averaged 246,870 homes from 8 to 10:45 p.m. But it placed second in the 8 to 9 p.m. time period to NBC's competing America's Got Talent (237,405 homes). The game tallied 229,670 homes in that hour.

Fox's amateur film competition, On the Lot, continued to do very little. It drew just 35,700 homes from 7 to 8 p.m., again running behind TXA21's local newscast and a host of other competing programs.

Charles Gibson's ABC World News continued to dominate in D-FW in both homes and with 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

It's a close contest nationally, with World News moving slightly past Brian Williams' NBC Nightly News in recent months. But World News is a world-beater here, drawing 166,600 homes Tuesday to rout Nightly News (88,060 homes) and Katie Couric's CBS Evening News (71,400 homes).

The gap is bigger among 25-to-54-year-olds, where World News (83,230 of 'em) more than doubled Nightly News (37,310). The CBS Evening News limped in seventh overall with a mere 17,220 viewers in the 25-to-54 demo.

On the local newscast front, NBC5 had twin wins at 10 p.m. absent competition from Belo8. Fox4 won in both ratings measurements at 6 a.m. And Belo8 had another easy time of it at 5 and 6 p.m., winning across the board.