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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon., April 12) -- nighttime sweep for ABC/WFAA8

Led by another swift kick from Dancing with the Stars, ABC bested all opposition in prime-time while also jet-fueling a WFAA8 win at 10 p.m.

Dancing drew 441,110 D-FW viewers from 7 to 9 p.m. while also taking the gold among advertiser-craved 18-to-49-year-olds.

Then came the surging Castle, in which Dancing host Tom Bergeron guest-starred as a murdered talk show host. The ABC whodunit had 285,025 total viewers, just enough to beat CBS' competing CSI: Miami (278,238 viewers). Both crime hours had more than double the audience of Fox4's 9 p.m. local newscast (135,726 viewers) and NBC's Law & Order: SVU (122,153 viewers), which was a repeat. It was the same order of finish with 18-to-49-year-olds.

WFAA8's 10 p.m. newscast then drew 217,162 total viewers, enough to hold off second place CBS11 (190,016 viewers). WFAA8 also won among 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

It again was the same story at 6 a.m., where NBC5 lately has reasserted its dominance. The Peacock ran the table, with especially strong numbers in the 25-to-54 age range.

CBS11 popped into the winner's circle with an uncommon sweep of the 6 p.m. Nielsens, although the gap among 25-to-54-year-olds was a basically negligible eight-hundredths of a rating point between first place and last place, where WFAA8 resided.

WFAA8 won at 5 p.m. in total viewers, with Fox4 taking first among 25-to-54-year-olds.