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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs., June 1) -- Game 1 of NBA Finals dips a bit from last year's but still a slam-dunk

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ABC’s Game 1 of the “rubber match” between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers soared over all competing programming Thursday night, but not as much as last year’s opener did.

Running until just a bit past 10:30 p.m., the Warriors’ 113-91 rout of the Cavs averaged 501,706 D-FW viewers and 237,325 in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old demographic.

Last year’s opener, also a one-sided win by Golden State, drew 517,015 total viewers and 288,989 in the 18-to-49 age range.

The 2015 Game 1 between the two teams was far closer, with the Warriors winning in overtime. Still, it fell well short of the most recent two with 404,492 total viewers and 214,458 within the 18-to-49 realm.

Jimmy Kimmel’s 7 p.m. pre-game show on ABC had 94,524 total viewers in running third in its time slot behind CBS’ The Big Bang Theory and the first half-hour of Fox’s second episode of Beat Shazam. Kimmel tied for second with Big Bang among 18-to-49-year-olds, with Beat Shazam topping the field.

Here are Thursday’s local news derby results.

NBC5 won a downsized three-way race at 10 p.m. while Fox4 ran first with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 had twin wins at 6 a.m. and TEGNA8 swept at 5 p.m.

TEGNA8 also won in total viewers at 6 p.m. and shared the top spot with Fox4 among 25-to-54-year-olds.

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