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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs., May 31) -- Game 1 of NBA Finals again dominates, but down from last year

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Sparked by another mammoth game by LeBron James, a controversial foul call reversal and another typically bonehead play by J. R. Smith, Game 1 of the NBA Finals commanded Thursday’s prime-time ratings while also drawing fewer D-FW viewers than the 2017 opener.

The fourth straight go-around between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers, won 124-114 in overtime by the defending champs, averaged 455,814 total viewers on ABC, with 230,924 of them in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old age range.

2017’s Game 1 drew 501,706 total viewers and 237,325 in the 18-to-49 realm for Golden State’s 113-91 rout of Cleveland.

CBS’ 7 p.m. repeat of The Big Bang Theory, which aired well before the game began, ranked as prime-time’s runner-up attraction Thursday in total viewers with 227,907 while ABC’s 7:30 p.m. pre-game show fared second-best with 18-to-49ers (68,653).

Here are Thursday’s local news derby results.

CBS11 won in total viewers at 10 p.m., and Fox4 ran first with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming) in a downsized three-way race.

Fox4 breezed to two more 6 a.m. wins and also swept the 6 p.m. competitions. The 5 p.m. winners were NBC5 in total viewers and Fox4 in the 25-to-54-year-old demographic.

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