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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., March 31) -- Idol rolls, Osbournes don't

American Idol's latest performance show as usual ruled the ratings roost Tuesday before Fox's followup Osbournes: Reloaded applied a little stinkum.

Idol amassed 431,795 D-FW viewers from 7 to 8:24 p.m. Addled Ozzy, his wife and kids then plunged to 186,004 viewers for their first truncated -- and thoroughly awful -- Fox special. That put Reloaded in third place in its time slot, ahead of only the last half-hour of NBC's The Biggest Loser in both total viewers and advertiser-favored 18-to-49-year-olds.

Two episodes of ABC's fledgling but already doomed Better Off Ted ran fourth in the 7 p.m. hour with just 79,716 total viewers.

The 9 p.m. premiere of ABC's Cupid re-do flexed at least limited audience appeal with 219,219 viewers after the 8 p.m. Dancing with the Stars results show drew 338,793 viewers to the double sacking of Holly Madison and Steve Wozniak. Cupid finished second in total viewers, behind CBS' Without A Trace (272,363 viewers), while falling to a close third with 18-to-49-year-olds. Fox4's 9 p.m. local newscast claimed second place in that demographic.

In Tuesday's local news derby, WFAA8 led at 10 p.m. with a robust 372,008 total viewers. The ABC station also finished well ahead of runnerup CBS11 among 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

NBC5 ran the table at both 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. WFAA8 fell back to third place in the early morning hour after sweeping the 6 a.m. ratings Monday for the first time since Oct. 24th. There's a reason for that. Monday's Daybreak ratings on WFAA8 were juiced by constant teases of an exclusive Ryan/Tamishia Moats interview snippet, which finally ran at 6:54 a.m. courtesy of ABC's Good Morning America.

The 6 p.m. newscast golds went to WFAA8 in total viewers and Fox4 among 25-to-54-year-olds.