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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., May 19) -- Idol wins big and Dancing wins bigger; but grim numbers for Glee

Fox's American Idol and ABC's Dancing With the Stars called all the ratings tunes Tuesday. Glee, after a saturation promotional campaign, hit some sour notes in the Nielsens.

This season's last Idol performance show opened at 7 p.m. with 378,651 D-FW viewers, outdrawing CBS' ever-game but overmatched NCIS (312,221 viewers). Idol won more resoundingly among advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds.

Fox's followup act, the high school musical comedy Glee, then nose-dived to 132,860 total viewers, with its audience decreasing in each 15-minute increment. It beat only NBC's Law & Order: SVU repeat in the 8 p.m. hour. Glee also ran third with 18-to-49-year-olds.

Dancing's season finale, with former Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson clicking her heels in the end, dominated the 8 to 10 p.m. hours with 518,154 viewers, peaking at 617,799 viewers in its final 15 minutes. CBS' crime combo of The Mentalist (298,935 viewers) and what turned out to be the last episode of Without A Trace (239,148 viewers) were distant seconds.

WFAA8's 10 p.m. newscast, which the station launched early while Johnson continued to celebrate, closed out CBS11's May sweeps bid to win or tie in total viewers by racking up an audience of 418,509. That more than doubled the crowds for both runnerup NBC5 (179,361 viewers) and third-place CBS11 (172,718 viewers).

WFAA8 also cruised at 10 p.m. among 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

It otherwise was a big newscast day for NBC5. The Peacock as usual won by comfortable margins at 6 a.m., where it will log decisive victories when final May sweeps results are in Thursday.

NBC5 also rolled up unusually easy wins at both 5 and 6 p.m., where it remains in the hunt in close races with Fox4 and WFAA8.