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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., Nov. 3) -- CBS ready for prime-time

Post-election and post-World Series, CBS posted nearly across-the-board wins in prime-time Wednesday before CBS11's 10 p.m. news likewise remained on top.

There were a few ties, though. And ABC's Modern Family managed to poke through with advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds.

From 7 to 10 p.m., CBS' Survivor: Nicaragua and its sturdy crime combo of Criminal Minds and The Defenders handily topped the total viewer Nielsens. Criminal Minds was the night's overall biggest draw with 311,657 viewers.

Among 18-to-49-year-olds, Defenders took the 9 p.m. hour while Survivor tied for first place with Fox's Hell's Kitchen. Modern Family had the most viewers in this age range from 8 to 8:30 p.m. before the second half-hour of Criminal Minds trumped ABC's Cougar Town.

Also in prime-time, TXA21's Mavericks-Nuggets game (featuring a Herculean 35-point effort by Dirk Nowitzki in a one-point Mavs win) drew 110,811 total viewers to run an overall fifth. The Mavericks moved up to third place with 18-to-49-year-olds in the 9 p.m. hour, whipping both NBC's Law & Order: Los Angeles and Fox4's local newscast.

In local news derby results, CBS11 took first at 10 p.m. in total viewers while sharing the gold with WFAA8 among 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming on most stations.

Fox4 and WFAA8 tied for the top spot at 6 a.m. in total viewers. But CBS11 pulled a shocker with a rare win among 25-to-54-year-olds over a close behind Fox 4.

WFAA8 and CBS11 ended up tying for first place in both measurements at 6 p.m. Fox4 won the 5 p.m. golds outright.