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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., Feb. 9) -- Idol rolls before viewers pass on Past Life, Mavs

American Idol's first Hollywood round, with new judge Ellen DeGeneres also making her debut, popped to the tune of 624,340 D-FW viewers Tuesday night.

That easily it made it the day's most-watched attraction, with CBS' NCIS again taking the silver with a game 420,751 viewers at 7 p.m. opposite Fox's Idol.

Past Life then dove downward, with the 8 p.m. premiere of the paranormal whodunit drawing just 190,016 viewers to finish fourth behind CBS' NCIS: Los Angeles (400,392), ABC's Lost (318,956) and the second hour of NBC's The Biggest Loser (196,803).

Lost won handily among advertiser-favored 18-to-49-year-olds, though, with more than half of its audience (212,004 viewers) in this age range.

ABC's 9 p.m. relaunch of The Forgotten, with 24's Elisha Cuthbert joining the cast, ran third with 162,871 total viewers, beating only NBC's lame duck Jay Leno Show. It was the same order of finish among 18-to-49-year-olds, with CBS' The Good Wife topping the 9 p.m. field.

On TXA21, the Dallas Mavericks' play dead, 36-point blowout road loss to Denver clanked with 67,863 total viewers. What a great way to head into this weekend's NBA All-Star game festivities in Dallas.

In local news derby results, CBS11 swept the 10 p.m. Nielsens in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds, the principal target audience for news programming. CBS11 and WFAA8 each have won twice in the six-weekday February "sweeps" mini-race leading to Friday's start of the Winter Olympics on NBC.

NBC5 ran the table at 6 a.m., with Fox4 again second. WFAA8 won in total viewers at 5 and 6 p.m., but couldn't close the deal among 25-to-54-year-olds. Fox4 was tops in that demographic at 5 p.m. while tying CBS11 for the gold at 6 p.m.