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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon., May 18) -- Dancing, CBS dominate

The spring season's penultimate Dancing with the Stars and season finales of three popular CBS series reaped the lion's share of Monday night's ratings.

ABC opened the night with a robust 418,509 D-FW viewers for Dancing before the two-hour launch of The Bachelorette drooped to 212,576 viewers.

That opened the door for CBS' 8 to 10 p.m. lineup of Two and a Half Men (338,793 viewers), Rules of Engagement (285,649 viewers) and CSI: Miami (405,223 viewers).

Dancing and the three CBS series also won their time slots among advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds.

Over on Fox, the two-hour season finale of 24 drew a lackluster 139,503 total viewers, beating only NBC's two Deal or No Deal dollops from 7 to 9 p.m. 24 likewise ran a distant third with 18-to-49-year-olds despite having a solid, twisty-turny season that ended with -- don't look if you don't want to know -- Jack in a hospital-induced coma while his daughter Kim had the last words.

"I'm sorry, daddy, but I'm not ready to let you go," she said tearfully before undergoing a risky off-season stem cell transplant operation that obviously will save the old man and get him up and running for Season 8 in NYC.

In the local news derby, WFAA8's first-place tie with CBS11 in the 10 p.m. total viewer ratings all but ends the latter station's bid to take first place or tie trying. An expected monster lead-in Tuesday night for the Dancing finale should give WFAA8 all the cushion it needs.

WFAA8 also won at 10 p.m. among 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming. And the station is finishing strong in the competitive 5 and 6 p.m. time slots as well, notching across the board wins Monday.

NBC5 continued to roar at 6 a.m., where it's laid waste to the competition from virtually Day 1 of the sweeps. Monday's edition easily had more 25-to-54-year-old viewers -- 118,377 -- than any of that day's programming on either NBC or Fox. And yes, we're talking about the entire broadcast day, including prime-time.