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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed.-Thurs., June 10-11) -- Cavs deflate but audience hits Finals high

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The first lopsided game of the NBA Finals didn’t’ deter the D-FW ratings.

Golden State’s Game 4 thrashing of Cleveland, by a 103-82 score on ABC, set highs in both total viewers (488,180) and advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds (268,073). The previous peaks were 446,336 total viewers for Game 2 and 252,304 in the 18-to-49 age range for Game 3. The Cavaliers closed to within 3 points in the third quarter before the Warriors pulled away again. It was garbage time in the closing minutes of a game that ended at 10:48 p.m.

All four games have drawn more than half of their viewership from the key 18-to-49-year-olds demographic.

Opposite the Finals, Thursday’s prime-time runner-up was CBS’ 8:30 p.m. Mike & Molly rerun, which had 202,246 total viewers and 56,768 in the 18-to-49 sweet spot.

NBC’s second episode of Hannibal’s new season again ended up deader than his mutilated victims. It drew a teeny 34,870 total viewers, with just 6,308 of them 18-to-49-year-olds. Both were low marks among all prime-time programming on the Big 4 broadcast networks.

At 8 p.m. Thursday, Fox’s Wayward Pines again battled NBC’s Aquarius. They tied in total viewers with 83,688 apiece but Pines easily drew more 18-to-49-year-olds (40,999 to 15,769 for Aquarius).

Wednesday’s prime-time programming was paced by CBS’ Criminal Minds repeat in total viewers (167,376) and Fox’s Masterchef among 18-to-49-year-olds (63,076).

Here are the local news derby results.

Wednesday -- NBC5 had the most total viewers at 10 p.m. while Fox4 won among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 swept both the 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. competitions. The 6 p.m. firsts went to Gannett8 and CBS11 in total viewers and Gannett8 in the 25-to-54 measurement.

Thursday -- CBS11 ran first in total viewers in a downsized 10 p.m. competition, but Fox4 took the 25-to-54 gold.

Fox4 and NBC5 tied for the most total viewers at 6 a.m. while Fox4 was alone atop the 25-to-54 heap.

The Peacock ran the table at 5 p.m. and also won among 25-to-54-year-olds at 6 p.m. CBS11 had the most total viewers at 6 p.m.

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