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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon, Feb. 16) -- CBS, Fox take cakes

In-home viewers settled in with Fox's House before again migrating to CBS for the rest of Monday's prime-time festivities.

The not-so-good doctor opened the night with 272,363 D-FW viewers in besting the runnerup first hour of ABC's The Bachelor (205,933 viewers). House also led the 7 p.m. parade among advertiser-craved 18-to-49-year-olds.

CBS' comedy combo of Two and a Half Men (345,436 viewers) and Worst Week (279,006 viewers) then controlled the 8 p.m. hour in both ratings measurements while Fox's 24 counted down to third place, ahead of only NBC's sagging Heroes among the Big Four networks.

CSI: Miami cleaned up nicely at 9 p.m. with a league-leading 358,722 viewers while also topping the field in the 18-to-49 age range. The 33's 9 p.m. local newscast, its first with new anchors Walt Maciborski and Amanda Salinas, had 53,144 total viewers to rank a distant fifth in the broadcast network universe.

In Monday's local news derby, WFAA8 edged CBS11 at 10 p.m. in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

NBC5 ruled the ratings at both 6 a.m. and 5 p.m., winning across the board. At 6 p.m., WFAA8 took first place in total viewers, but fell behind both the frontrunning Peacock and Fox4 among 25-to-54-year-olds.