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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed.-Thurs., June 3-4) -- Finals are last word

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ABC’s Game 1 of the NBA Finals whipped through prime-time Thursday, bouncing all competing programming to the curb.

Stretching until 10:52 p.m., the Warriors’ 108-100 overtime win over the Cavaliers averaged 404,492 D-FW viewers. More than half of them -- 214,458 -- were within the advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-old age range. The NBA Finals continue to reign as the best bang-for-the-buck among pro sports championships in terms of percentages of viewers in this key demographic.

NBC’s 9 p.m. season premiere of Hannibal got carved up, drawing a sub-measly 27,896 total viewers and 9,461 in the 18-to-49 realm.

Over on Fox Sports Southwest, the Texas Rangers went mostly into the teeth of the Finals before finally winning 2-1 in the 11th inning against the White Sox. The game ran until 11:03 p.m. and averaged a respectable 174,350 total viewers.

Rangers-White Sox fared the best against the Finals in prime-time, with the 9 to 10 p.m. portion of the game drawing 195,272 total viewers. Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast ranked as the prime-time runnerup among 18-to-49-year-olds, with 56,768.

On Wednesday night, Fox’s Masterchef won the 7 p.m. hour in total viewers with 209,220 before CBS’ 8 p.m. repeat of Criminal Minds took over with 202,246. At 9 p.m., Fox4’s local news nipped CBS’ CSI: Cyber rerun by a score of 195,272 total viewers to 188,298. In the 18-to-49 age range, Fox/Fox4 ran the prime-time table with Masterchef, the new Bullseye and local news.

NBC’s Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Chicago Black Hawks and Tampa Bay Lightning languished with 62,766 total viewers and 22,077 in the 18-to-49 demographic. On FSS, the Rangers’ lopsided 9-2 loss to Chicago had respective totals of 153,428 and 56,768 viewers.

Here are the four-way local news derby results.

Wednesday -- CBS11 had the most total viewers at 10 p.m., but Gannett8 won among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 as usual swept the 6 a.m. competitions, added twin wins at 5 p.m. and had the most 25-to-54-year-olds at 6 p.m. Gannett8 ran first in total viewers at 6 p.m.

Thursday -- Fox4 again collected most of the spoils, topping the 25-to-54-Nielsens at 6 a.m. and 5, 6 and 10 p.m. while also drawing the most total viewers at 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. CBS11 took the other two golds by winning in total viewers at 6 and 10 p.m. (The 10 p.m. races were downsized, with ABC’s NBA Finals punching Gannett8’s late nighter back to 11 p.m.)

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