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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon., Oct. 17) -- ABC, CBS split spoils with NBC again in dumper

ABC's Castle emerged as Monday's prime-time king, winning its 9 p.m. slot in total D-FW viewers (352,253) while also dominating with advertiser-favored 18-to-49-year-olds.

The emergence of ABC's only successful crime "procedural" has taken the play away from CBS' competing Hawaii Five-0, which ran third during this hour in both ratings measurements behind Fox4's local newscast. Castle also has become a bounteous table-setter for WFAA8's 10 p.m. newscasts, which on Monday ran the table in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

CBS otherwise remained strong with Two and a Half Men, which ruled the 8 to 8:30 p.m. segment before the following Mike & Molly fell to second place behind the closing half-hour of ABC's Dancing with the Stars.

The opening 7 to 8 p.m. hour of Dancing topped the field in total viewers, but fell to third with 18-to-49-year-olds behind CBS' front-running comedy combo of How I Met Your Mother/Two Broke Girls and Fox's Terra Nova.

NBC had another miserable time of it, running a distant fourth in both measurements with its latest 7 to 9 p.m. edition of The Sing-Off.

A 9 p.m. repeat of the Peacock's Prime Suspect, which is holding a place for Halloween night's premiere of Rock Center with Brian Williams, fell to a piddling 60,967 total viewers to rank as the least-watched show among the five principal broadcast networks. PS came up emptier with 18-to-49-year-olds (just 9,607 of 'em to trail even CW33's local newscast, which drew 12,809).

In Monday's other local news derby results, Fox4 again logged a double-header win at 6 a.m. while WFAA8 continued to shows signs that it might be ready to challenge NBC5 for second place in the early morning during the upcoming November "sweeps." It tied the Peacock in total viewers while edging up to second place among 25-to-54-year-olds.

CBS11 nipped Fox4 for first place in total viewers at 6 p.m., with Fox4 the 25-to-54 leader by an equally slim margin over WFAA8.

NBC5 won at 5 p.m. in total viewers while sharing the 25-to-54 gold with Fox4.