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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., April 6) -- Fox/Fox4 control prime-time throttle

Fox's North Texas-infused American Idol performance show again had Tuesday's largest audience while also fueling Fox4's 9 p.m. local newscast.

Idol averaged 413,964 D-FW viewers in the 7 to 9 p.m. slot, whipping heavy-duty competition on both CBS and ABC.

In the 7 p.m. hour, CBS' new NCIS episode took the silver with 332,529 viewers, edging ABC's Dancing with the Stars results show (298,597 viewers), in which ex-astronaut Buzz Aldrin was told to buzz off while Dallas flyboy and Bachelor star Jake Pavelka sweated it out as the other Bottom Two celeb.

ABC's Lost was runnerup at 8 p.m. with 312,170 viewers, holding off CBS' first-run NCIS: Los Angeles (285,025 viewers). The orders of finish were the same with advertiser-craved 18-to-49-year-olds.

Fox4's 9 p.m. news commanded the 9 p.m. hour with 271,452 total viewers, edging a new episode of CBS' The Good Wife (257,879 viewers). Among 18-to-49-year-olds, NBC's Parenthood slipped into second while ABC's V ran fourth in both measurements while losing more than half of Lost's audience.

The local news derby races showed WFAA8 and CBS11 tying for first place in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming. Fox4 tapered off as usual, but still got the bronzes ahead of NBC5.

It was better news for Fox4 in the early morning, where its Good Day swept the usual frontrunner, NBC5, for the second straight weekday after a long drought. Coincidentally or not, it also was the second day of Good Day's new 4:30 a.m. half hour. Rival stations currently have network news shows in that slot. But it's probably only a matter of time -- so to speak -- before they all start percolating at 4:30 a.m. Brutal. But increasingly the way of the world.

WFAA8 and CBS11 shared the total viewers gold at 6 p.m., while Fox4 and NBC5 did likewise among 25-to-54-year-olds. WFAA8 ran the table at 5 p.m.

The day's local news low point also came at 5 p.m., where CW33's recently launched edition averaged a sub-minuscule 2,715 total viewers. That included "hashmarks" (no measurable audience) for the 5:15 to 5:30 segment, which includes the presumably unintentionally comedic RC Project with staffers Roni Proter and Candice Crawford.