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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., Sept. 21) -- big night for Glee, NCIS franchise and Dancing

Fox returned to the living Tuesday after the super-disappointing premiere of Lone Star knocked the network for a loop on opening night of the fall season.

Its engine was the Season 2 premiere of Glee, which couldn't quite beat the return of CBS' NCIS in total D-FW viewers but romped among advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds.

NCIS had 400,392 total viewers in the 7 p.m. hour, with Glee a solid second (339,315 viewers) and nothing else close. Among 18-to-49-year-old viewers, Glee had 218,527 while NCIS drew 150,034.

ABC's Dancing with the Stars results show, with a surprised David Hasselhoff the first to be counted out, controlled the 8 to 9 p.m. hour with 461,468 total viewers, 166,342 of them in the 18-to-49 range. The new season launch of CBS' NCIS: Los Angeles ran second in total viewers with 339,315, but was beaten from 8 to 8:30 p.m. in the 18-to-49 demographic by the premiere of Fox's Raising Hope sitcom. NCIS: L.A. then ran second with 18-to-49-year-olds from 8:30 to 9 p.m. while Fox's first episode of Running Wilde fell to third.

A second new episode of NCIS: L.A. won at 9 p.m. in both audience measurements, swamping the premiere of ABC's second-place Detroit 1-8-7 in total viewers by a score of 386,819 to 203,589. Detroit 1-8-7 fell to third with 18-to-49-year-olds, with NBC's Parenthood taking the silver and providing the Peacock with its only prime-time bright spot of the night.

NBC's two-hour dose of The Biggest Loser for the most part lagged well behind the competition, beating only Running Wilde in total viewers and a 7 p.m. Dancing with the Stars recap among 18-to-49-year-olds.

In local news derby results, WFAA8 overcame a somewhat skimpy lead-in to win at 10 p.m. in total viewers. But the ABC station again had a demographic shortfall among 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming on most stations. CBS11 won in that measurement, with WFAA8 falling to third behind NBC5.

The 6 a.m. golds were split between NBC5 in total viewers and Fox4 among 25-to-54-year-olds.

CBS11 swept the 6 p.m. competitions, with an unusually strong performance in the 25-to-54 measurement. WFAA8 nipped Fox4 to run first in total viewers at 5 p.m. But Fox4 had a comfy win with 25-to-54-year-olds.