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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., April 21) -- Idol rolls, Dancing doesn't

Gifted with competing reruns on CBS and two According to Jims on ABC, American Idol cruised to ratings dominance Tuesday night.

The Fox cash machine rang to the tune of 418,509 D-FW viewers, squashing 7 to 8 p.m. competition from the first hour of NBC's The Biggest Loser (146,146 viewers) and CBS' comedy combo of The Big Bang Theory (139,503) and Two and a Half Men (166,075).

Two new episodes of According to Jim barely registered with 46,501 and 59,787 viewers, running fifth behind MY27's 7 to 8 p.m. portion of the Texas Rangers' road win against Toronto, which averaged 66,430 viewers overall.

Idol also won big among advertiser-craved 18-to-49-year-olds, drawing 184,748 viewers in that age range.

Dancing with the Stars' latest results show (so long to a relieved Lawrence Taylor) suffered from its puny Jim lead-in, but still managed to win the 8 p.m. hour in total viewers (279,006) against CBS' NCIS reprise (265,720).

Dancing fell short among 18-to-49-year-olds, though. Fox's Fringe, with the usual strong tailwind from Idol, took first with 123,166 viewers in the 18-to-49 demo; Dancing slipped to second (100,477 viewers).

CBS' repeat of The Mentalist controlled the 9 p.m. Nielsens in total viewers, but Fox4's local newscast took the top spot among 18-to-49-year-olds in a close four-way fight that also included NBC's Law & Order: SVU and ABC's new The Unusuals.

In local news derby results, WFAA8 maintained its No. 1 position at 10 p.m. with wins in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

NBC5 took the 6 a.m. golds and WFAA8 did likewise at 6 p.m.

Fox4 and WFAA8 tied for first in total viewers at 5 p.m., with WFAA8 nipping both Fox4 and NBC5 in the 25-to-54 demographic.