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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed.-Thurs., June 8-9) -- another rout and another droop for Game 3 of NBA Finals

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ABC loves the star-powered rematch but not the margins of victory.

This time the Cleveland Cavaliers turned the tables and stun-gunned the Golden State Warriors by 30 points in Wednesday night’s Game 3 of the NBA Finals.

It was the third straight rout. And the D-FW numbers again dropped, with 410,779 total viewers and 196,893 in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49 age range. No competing program came close, but the Finals started with 517,015 total viewers and 288,989 in the 18-to-49-year-old demographic before Game 2 slipped to 488,686 total viewers and 244,529 in the 18-to-49 realm.

On Fox Sports Southwest, the first-place Texas Rangers’ 3-1 loss to the visiting Houston Astros had respective totals of 205,390 and 85,744 viewers. Both were good enough for a second place finish in Wednesday’s prime-time parade.

Thursday afternoon’s Rangers-Astros series finale also on FSS, showed the difference between night and day ratings -- at least when it’s a workday game. The Rangers’ 5-3 win had 77,906 total viewers and 28,581 in the 18-to-49 demographic.

Prime-time’s Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins drew 92,071 viewers on NBC, with 34,933 of them in the 18-to-49 age range. Thursday night’s leader was Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast, which had respective hauls of 184,142 and 79,393 viewers.

Here are the Wednesday-Thursday local news derby results.

Wednesday -- The Game 3 NBA Finals overrun made it a three-way competition at 10 p.m., with NBC5 winning in total viewers and tying CBS11 for the top spot with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 had twin wins at 6 a.m. and also won at 5 p.m. in total viewers while TEGNA8 drew the most 25-to-54-year-olds.

The 6 p.m. golds went to TEGNA8 in total viewers and NBC5 in the 25-to-54-year-old measurement.

Thursday -- Two stations collected all the spoils. Fox4 swept the 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. battles and also had the most 25-to-54-year-olds at 5 p.m.

NBC5 won at 5 p.m. in total viewers and ran the table at 6 p.m.

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