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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., March 9) -- Idol strikes again before CBS scores with crime closer

Two hours worth of live American Idol performances by the show's 13 finalists gave Fox its usual Wednesday leg up before CBS again mopped up with crime.

Idol amassed 644,090 D-FW viewers from 7 to 9 p.m. and also won with ease among advertiser-craved 18-to-49-year-olds. A new episode of CBS' Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior then ran the table at 9 p.m., pulling in 297,805 total viewers.

ABC went half and half, with a pair of The Middle reruns and a Modern Family repeat ushering in new episodes of Mr. Sunshine and Off the Map. MF and OTM were the biggest draws, with smallish hauls of 131,588 viewers each.

Ratings-parched NBC offered two reprises of Law & Order: SVU and a fresh hour of its virtually invisible Minute to Win It. The 9 p.m. episode of SVU fared the best with 145,440 viewers.

Over on Fox Sports Southwest, the Dallas Mavericks' late collapse at New Orleans averaged 138,514 deflated viewers.

The Mavs have won 19 of their last 22 games, with all three losses by just a single point. Still, that defeat in the "Voodoo Palace" made them look like the Cleveland Cavaliers. It also pointed out that Dallas is a very old team that can get very tired when missing one or two regular rotation players. On Wednesday night, with the Mavs playing their third game in four days, Peja Stojakovic sat out with a stiff neck and Shawn Marion was knocked out of the game by a cheap shot foul that left him with sore ribs. As a result they looked gassed at crunch time, with the returning Tyson Chandler clanking two key free throws, Dirk Nowitzki making an errant pass and Jason Kidd committing a crazy foul that led to the Hornets' three winning free throws. Tonight come the newly star-powered Knicks.

WFAA8 joined the Saints in being a comeback kid Wednesday night. The station's 10 p.m. newscast overcame a big lead-in disadvantage to beat arch rival CBS11, which coughed up too many of the viewers furnished by Suspect Behavior. NBC5 likewise impressively won among 25-to-54-year-olds (main target audience for news programming) after inheriting a lackluster lead-in from SVU.

Fox4 scored another doubleheader win at 6 a.m. while also performing well at 6 p.m. It tied CBS11 for the lead in total viewers and won outright with 25-to-54-year-olds.

Wednesday's 5 p.m. local news derby golds went to WFAA8 in total viewers and Fox4 in the 25-to-54 demographic.