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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Sun., June 13-15) -- Spurs' championship clincher a double big blowout

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A slow start and then a blast off gave the San Antonio Spurs their fifth NBA championship Sunday night.

The 104-87 demolition of the defending champ Miami Heat similarly built steadily in the ratings, starting with 305,356 D-FW viewers and finishing with 908,966 in the closing minutes of a Game 5 that ended at 9:48 p.m.

Spurs-Heat overall averaged 624,914 viewers on ABC, easily making it the most-watched of the five-game series. The advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old audience also was mammoth, with an average of 335,440 viewers in this key demographic.

Sunday’s 8 p.m. Season 4 finale of HBO’s Game of Thrones came in second-best opposite the NBA Finals with 185,600 total viewers and 143,295 in the 18-to-49 demographic. In the Big 4 broadcast network universe, CBS’ 9 p.m. repeat of The Mentalist fared best versus the Finals with 127,823 total viewers. Among 18-to-49-year-olds, Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast came in second with 52,107 viewers.

Earlier Sunday on NBC, one of the more uneventful U.S. Open golf championships in recent history trudged along with an average of 92,317 total viewers. Martin Kaymer, who was never threatened, won by eight strokes.

Golf was outdrawn in the lesser-watched late morning/early afternoon period by ABC’s competing World Cup match between Switzerland and Ecuador (92,317 viewers). But golf edged ABC’s second World Cup attraction, France vs. Honduras.

The entire U.S. Open averaged just 29,310 viewers in the 18-to-49 age range. The first World Cup match easily won in this measurement while the second prevailed by a paper-thin margin.

On Friday night, NBC’s decisive Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals ran all the way until 11:26 p.m. before the Los Angeles Kings beat the New York Rangers 3-2 in the second overtime. The entire match averaged 71,013 total viewers, with an inflated crowd of 113,621 on hand to see the winning goal. An impressive percentage of the overall audience average again was within the 18-to-49 motherlode. That number was 58,621, with 74,901 witnessing the winning Kings goal. From 10:30 to 11:30 p.m., the Cup out-paced ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel and CBS’ David Letterman in both ratings measurements.

TXA21’s hockey-esque 1-0 Texas Rangers Friday night road win at Seattle averaged 113,621 total viewers and 29,310 in the 18-to-49 demographic. Or to put it another way, the Rangers averaged half the 18-to-49 crowd for hockey while again winning overall in total viewers.

Friday’s most-watched prime-time program in total viewers, CBS’ 9 p.m. rerun of Blue Bloods, averaged 177,533 viewers.

Here are Friday’s local news derby numbers.

CBS11 won a downsized three-way race in total viewers but WFAA8 was No. 1 with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

NBC5 and WFAA8 tied for first place at 6 a.m. in total viewers; WFAA8 was alone on top with 25-to-54-year-olds.

NBC5 and WFAA8 also shared the 6 p.m. golds in total viewers, with WFAA8 again winning outright in the 25-to-54 demographic.

The 5 p.m. firsts went to Fox4 in total viewers and WFAA8 with 25-to-54-year-olds.

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