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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., Feb. 2) -- roosts ruled by Idol, Lost and double shot of NCIS

The return of ABC's Lost joined an already potent Tuesday night mix, and pretty much held its own. Let's get right to it.

Fox's one-hour American Idol audition show (from Denver) won the 7 p.m. hour, but with smaller returns than usual. Idol lured 508,973 D-FW viewers opposite a new episode of CBS' NCIS (305,384 viewers) and a one-hour Lost recap (278,238 viewers).

Idol also ran a comfy first with advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds, but Lost took the silver by an appreciable margin over NCIS.

Lost's two-hour season premiere then drew 312,170 total viewers, beating everything in the 8 to 10 p.m. slot except CBS' NCIS: Los Angeles (346,101 viewers). CBS' The Good Wife came close to Lost in the 9 p.m. hour, with 285,025 viewers.

Lost won big, however, among 18-to-49-year-olds, drawing 169,603 viewers in this age range. Fox's Kitchen Nightmares had the second biggest haul (117,418 viewers).

In local news derby results, CBS11 ran the table at 10 p.m. for a second straight weekday in total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds, the favored advertiser target audience for news programming.

NBC5 continued to prosper at 6 a.m. with wins in both measurements for a fifth straight weekday. A gradually improving WFAA8 edged Fox4 for second place in total viewers and tied for the silver among 25-to-54-year-olds.

WFAA8 ran first at 5 and 6 p.m. in total viewers. But Fox4 again ran strong in the 25-to-54 demographic, taking golds at both hours.