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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., June 9) -- Game 3 of NBA Finals dips but still romps

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Game 3 of the NBA Finals, with the Cleveland Cavaliers beating the Golden State Warriors in another thriller, dominated Tuesday’s prime-time Nielsens while also dropping a bit in total viewers from Sunday’s high point.

Stretching to 10:49 p.m. on ABC, Cavs-Warriors averaged 432,388 D-FW viewers and 252,304 in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old demographic. Sunday’s Game 2, played at an earlier start time on what typically is the heaviest viewing night of the week, had 446,336 total viewers. But Tuesday night’s 96-91 Cavs win outdrew Game 2 in the 18-to-49 realm, by a score of 252,304 to 236,535 viewers. So ABC is still smiling very broadly.

NBC’s 7 to 9 p.m. edition of America’s Got Talent was the prime-time runner-up in both ratings measurements with 265,012 total viewers and 116,691 in the 18-to-49 age range. ABC’s 7 p.m. Jimmy Kimmel Live! Finals special continued to shoot mostly air balls, drawing just 62,766 total viewers to run fourth in its time slot. It did, however, edge the first half of CBS’ NCIS rerun among 18-to-49-year-olds.

On Fox Sports Southwest, the surging Texas Rangers’ late night win at Oakland, which ended at 12:07 a.m., averaged 104,610 total viewers.

Here are Tuesday’s local news derby results.

NBC5 won a downsized three-way race at 10 p.m. in total viewers and tied Fox4 for the lead with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 ran the table at 6 a.m. and NBC5 did likewise at 5 p.m. The 6 p.m. golds went to Gannett8 in total viewers and Fox4 with 25-to-54-year-olds.

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