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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs., Dec. 4)

Barbara Walters' latest 10 Most Fascinating People special and a new Grey's Anatomy episode put ABC on the leader board Thursday night.

Babs gabs with the likes of Tom Cruise, Sarah Palin, Tina Fey and top dog Barack Obama drew 298,935 D-FW viewers in the 9 p.m. hour, with CBS' Eleventh Hour pulling in second with 252,434.

Walters also scored with advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds, luring 119,924 of 'em to again outpoint runnerup Eleventh Hour (90,754).

Grey's Anatomy had the night's biggest prime-time hauls in both departments, with 352,079 total viewers and 129,648 in the 18-to-49 age range. But CBS' competing CSI: Crime Scene Investigation ran a very close second, nabbing 338,793 viewers and hitting advertisers' bullseyes with 126,407 of 'em.

CBS' Survivor: Gabon won at 7 p.m. in total viewers (245,791), but its first half-hour ran second among 18-to-49-year-olds to NBC's My Name is Earl. The Peacock's Kath & Kim then swapped places with Survivor from 7:30 to 8 p.m.

Over on TNT, the Dallas Mavericks routed the Phoenix Suns, with JJ Barea again playing like a young Jason Kidd. The Mavs drew just 86,359 total viewers, still good enough to beat Fox's double dose of Kitchen Nightmares from 7 to 9 p.m. and NBC's The Office and 30 Rock in the 8 to 9 p.m. zone.

In the local news derby, WFAA8 took the top spots at 10 p.m. in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming. Better yet, it had Thursday's biggest audiences in both measurements, with 365,365 viewers and 169,977 in the 25-to-54-year-olds sweet spot.

WFAA8's early morning woes continued, though. Fox4 again had the most total viewers in the 6 a.m. hour while sharing the 25-to-54 gold with NBC5. WFAA8 ran far back in third place, with CBS11 not far behind in fourth.

The 6 p.m. firsts as usual went to WFAA8, which also won at 5 p.m. among 25-to-54-year-olds. NBC5 finished first in total viewers at 5 p.m.