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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., Sept. 20) -- big showings for Fox's New Girl/Glee and CBS' old reliables

ABC's Dancing with the Stars showed serious signs of fatigue while both Fox and CBS bounced into view Tuesday on Night 2 of the new fall season.

Fox is especially giddy over the numbers for its new comedy New Girl, which had 332,434 D-FW viewers from 8 to 8:30 p.m. while improving on its lead-in from Glee's season premiere (263,177 viewers).

Neither show could beat the CBS returns of NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles, which won the 7 to 9 p.m. slot with respective totals of 443,245 and 401,691 viewers. But in the moneymaker demographic, viewers 18-to-49-years old, both Glee and New Girl comfortably won their time slots. Even better for Fox, New Girl held all but a smidgen of the audience it inherited from Glee in this key demographic.

Fox's 8:30 p.m. Season 2 premiere of Raising Hope likewise won its slot with 18-to-49-year-olds, but finished third with total viewers.

At 9 p.m., CBS latest new crime series, Unforgettable, controlled the hour in total viewers with 256,251, whipping ABC's runner-up second season debut of Body of Proof (214,697 viewers). Unforgettable faltered with 18-to-49-year-olds, though, plunging to fourth while Fox4's 9 p.m. local newscast won the hour.

Dancing with the Stars ran third in total viewers from 7 to 8 p.m. with a new, live warmup show. The 8 p.m. results edition finished third with its first half-hour and then improved to second when woeful Ron Artest, looking more and more like Dennis Rodman, became the first celebrity bootee.

But Dancing hoofed and mostly puffed with 18-to-49-year-olds, running fourth in its first hour (even behind NBC's The Biggest Loser and barely third from 8 to 9 p.m.

The CW's combo of 90210 and Sarah Michelle Gellar's Ringer, both in their second new season outings, were unable to crack the top 4 in either ratings measurement. But Ringer improved on its 9021 lead-in while helping to give CW33's following 9 p.m. local newscast one of its bigger 18-to-49 audiences in recent memory (42,778 viewers in this age range).

TXA21's prime-time local news and sports, recently downsized to an hour from 7 to 8 p.m., continued to struggle with just 13,851 total viewers, 9,872 of them of the 18-to-49 persuasion.

In Tuesday's four-way local news derby face-offs, WFAA8 and CBS11 tied for first at 10 p.m. in total viewers. But NBC5 took the gold among 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

Spoils also were split at 6 a.m. The Peacock nipped Fox4 in total viewers while those results again were reversed with 25-to-54-year-olds.

WFAA8 ran the table at 6 p.m. and Fox4 did likewise at 5 p.m.