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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon., Nov. 26)

Not that you didn't know this, but football is king in D-FW.

So much so that ESPN's virtually scoreless Monday night mudbath between the winless Miami Dolphins and underachieving Pittsburgh Steelers managed to outscore all of the 10 p.m. local newscasts. By the way, Pittsburgh won 3-0 on a last-second field goal.

The game's closing half-hour, from 10 to 10:30 p.m., drew 265,480 total homes. Belo8's otherwise No. 1-rated 10 p.m. news program had 228,946 homes in whipping runnerup CBS11 (180,234 homes) and also-rans NBC5 (112,038 homes) and Fox4 (63,326 homes).

Monday's top draw, the fifth season's final performance edition of ABC's Dancing with the Stars, amassed 372,647 homes before the network's sliding scale of Samantha Who? (226,511 homes), Notes From the Underbelly (160,750 homes) and October Road (138,830 homes).

Road was rutted at 9 p.m. by CBS' potent CSI: Miami, the night's No. 2 ratings performer with 304,450 homes.

In the local news wars, Belo8 also won easily at 10 p.m. among 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming. NBC5's No. 2 finish in that demographic pretty much ended CBS11's hopes of catching the Peacock with just two nights remaining in the November "sweeps." CBS11 will be a solid No. 2 in total homes, though, with NBC5 dropping from first to third in a year's time.

At 6 a.m., Fox4 in turn ended Belo8's faint hopes of catching it in either ratings measurement. The station's Good Day triumphed Monday in both total homes and with 25-to-54-year-olds. Even a larger than usual tune-in for Daybreak co-anchor Jackie Hyland's Wednesday goodbye won't be enough to change the order of finish.

Belo8's newscasts again ran the table at 5 and 6 p.m.

In other sports ratings, the Dallas Mavericks' third consecutive loss drew just 48,712 homes to Fox Sports Southwest. The Dallas Stars' sixth consecutive win averaged a sub-puny 14,614 homes on MY27. Thursday's Cowboys-Packers game on MY27 is sure to draw at least 50 times that audience. Unclebarky.com will be a proud co-sponsor -- in my dreams.