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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., Nov. 9) -- NCIS still the one

This simply doesn't happen anymore -- except in the case of NCIS.

In its eighth season, the Mark Harmon-fueled CBS whodunit has stronger than ever ratings in times when most series of that age are well into deep declines.

Tuesday's D-FW Nielsens again were whoppers for NCIS, whose 540,205 D-FW viewers easily made it the most-watched show of the day. Even more impressively, NCIS was the day's top draw among advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds, beating Fox's directly competing Glee while also whipping everything else in sight.

ABC's Dancing with the Stars results show then took over at 8 p.m., edging CBS' competing NCIS: Los Angeles in total viewers by a score of 415,542 to 401,691. But NCIS had the edge with 18-to-49-year-olds. Dancing booted former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner, leaving four celebrities still in play, including Bristol Palin.

At 9 p.m., a guest shot by Michael J. Fox helped propel CBS' The Good Wife to wins in both ratings measurements.

During daytime hours, George W. Bush's book-selling appearance on WFAA8's Oprah made it the 4 p.m. ratings king with 214,697 total viewers. That was more than the combined audience for Fox4's two doses of Judge Judy and the one-hour local newscasts on NBC5 and CBS11.

The second episode of TBS' Conan beat the ABC, CBS and NBC late nighters among 18-to-49-year-olds. CBS' Late Show with David Letterman had slightly more total viewers than Conan, though. And ABC's Nightline ran first in that measurement from 10:35 to 11 p.m.

Tuesday's local news derby results returned CBS11 to the 10 p.m. winner's circle in total viewers. CBS11 and WFAA8 tied for first at that hour with 25-to-54-year-olds, main target audience for news programming on most stations.

Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. competitions by comfy margins while CBS11 likewise had ample squeeze room with its doubleheader win at 6 p.m.

The 5 p.m. firsts were split by WFAA8 in total viewers and Fox4 among 25-to-54-year-olds.