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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., Nov. 16) -- more big payoffs for singing, dancing, crime

CBS' NCIS again topped the total viewer Nielsens while Fox's Glee ranked No. 1 with 18-to-49-year-olds and ABC's Dancing with the Stars held steady in Tuesday's prime-time tallies.

NCIS drew 505,576 total viewers in out-pacing Dancing (464,022) as the night's overall biggest draw. Dancing surprisingly evicted Brandy, leaving Bristol Palin among next week's three finalists. Tea Party watching parties are a likely result.

Glee, with guest star Gwyneth Paltrow, celebrated a win among 18-to-49-year-olds, topping all comers with 177,692 viewers in this key demographic. NCIS ranked No. 2 in this age range with 144,786.

ABC's No Ordinary Family had another tough Tuesday, running fourth in total viewers in the 7 to 8 p.m. slot and falling to fifth behind The CW's One Tree Hill among 18-to-49-year-olds.

NBC's only bright spot was Parenthood, which ran fourth in total viewers at 9 p.m. but trampolined to the top spot at that hour with 18-to-49-year-olds.

In Tuesday's local news derby results, CBS11 punched back at 10 p.m. with comfortable wins in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming on most stations. It remains in a too close to call battle in both measurements with WFAA8, which is seeking to regain the thrones it narrowly lost to CBS11 in the May ratings "sweeps." Six weekdays remain to be counted in the November sweeps.

Fox4 remained in charge at 6 a.m. with first place finishes in both measurements while CBS11 swept the 6 p.m. competitions. Golds at 5 p.m. were split between WFAA8 in total viewers and Fox4 with 25-to-54-year-olds.