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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., Oct. 28)

CBS swept Tuesday's prime-time terrain, with ABC also lighting a ratings candle with It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

First shown in 1966 on CBS, the age-old cartoon drew 180,234 D-FW homes in the 7 p.m. hour and also lured 100,909 advertiser-craved 18-to-49-year-olds.

That made it a respectable second to CBS' NCIS, which as usual won the time slot with 280,094 homes and 138,750 viewers in the 18-to-49 age range.

Fox's new episode of House ran third at 7 p.m., drawing 124,216 homes and 88,295 viewers in the 18-to-49 demo.

At 8 p.m., CBS' The Mentalist knocked off ABC's competing Dancing with the Stars results show by a margin of 43,841 homes. The two shows tied among 18-to-49-year-olds. Fox lagged with a rerun of Fringe.

In the 9 p.m. matchups, Without A Trace sagged to 192,241 homes, still good enough to outpoint ABC's runnerup Eli Stone (146,136 homes). Trace also triumphed with 18-to-49-year-olds.

NBC again burrowed deep into last place with a 7 to 10 p.m. lineup of The Biggest Loser and Law & Order: SVU. Only the second hour of Loser managed even a third-place finish. It nipped Fox's Fringe repeat among 18-to-49-year-olds.

In Tuesday's local news derby, WFAA8 again had an easy time at 6 and 10 p.m., whipping its three competitors in both total homes and among 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

Fox4 won at 6 a.m. in both ratings measurements, with NBC5 a close second and WFAA8 drooping to third.

The 5 p.m. competition went to WFAA8 in total homes; NBC5 pulled into a first-place tie with WFAA8 in the 25-to-54 demo.