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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., May 18) -- big numbers for Idol, bad body blow for WFAA8

Cool's Casey James looks to be in critical condition as far as making next week's Final Two on American Idol.

But the show marched on in the D-FW Nielsen ratings, drawing 393,604 viewers in the 7 p.m. hour in smacking down competition from ABC's Dancing with the Stars results show (271,452 viewers watched Chad Ochocinco take a walk) and CBS' NCIS (257,879 viewers).

ABC's penultimate episode of Lost took over at 8 p.m., drawing 312,170 viewers to hold off both CBS' NCIS: Los Angeles (251,093 viewers) and Fox's Glee (237,521 viewers).

CBS' The Good Wife (217,162 viewers) won the 9 p.m. hour, besting ABC's season finale of V (176,444 viewers).

Idol also won its time slot among advertiser-craved 18-to-49-year-olds, as did Lost. But there was a shakeup at 9 p.m., where V led the parade, followed by NBC's Parenthood, The Good Wife and Fox4's local news.

Over on Fox Sports Southwest, the closing half-hour of the Texas Rangers 8-7 win over the Angels had a nice-sized 196,803 total viewers while ESPN's competing Game 2 of the Celtics-Magic Eastern Conference Finals drew 176,444 viewers in its closely contested last 30 minutes.

WFAA8 had a deflating day in the local news derby competitions, particularly in the still very close battle for 10 p.m. ratings supremacy.

CBS11 dominated in total viewers with 264,666 while WFAA8 ran a distant third (142,512 viewers) behind runner-up NBC5 (156,085 viewers).

It was worse for WFAA8 among 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming. CBS11 again won by a wide margin while WFAA8 fell to fourth despite solid ratings in that demographic from its V lead-in.

NBC5 won at 6 a.m. in both ratings measurements while WFAA8 showed some life by running a close second in total viewers (ahead of Fox4) and tying for second place with 25-to-54-year-olds.

Fox4 scored in the early evening news competitions, running the table at 6 p.m. and taking first at 5 p.m. in the 25-to-54 demographic. NBC5 had the total viewers gold at 5 p.m.