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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., May 4) -- bevy of heavy hitters square off in prime-time

Fox's American Idol again led all attractions Tuesday night, but with not that much to spare in the total viewer Nielsens.

Idol, with Fort Worth's Casey James now directly in the line of fire, drew 400,392 D-FW viewers in the 7 p.m. hour. That was enough to outpoint formidable competition from CBS' NCIS (305,384 viewers) and ABC's Dancing with the Stars results hour (285,025 viewers), in which voters pounced on Pamela Anderson. Um, boo.

James also seems ripe for eviction Wednesday after judges super-panned his rendition of "Blue Skies" during a Harry Connick Jr.-juiced Frank Sinatra night. The 27-year-old blues-country artist is among the show's Final 5, but a long shot to get any further. No matter. He'll have a gainful post-Idol career anyway.

At 8 p.m., three big series banged heads, with CBS' NCIS: Los Angeles (291,811 viewers) emerging a narrow winner over ABC's Lost (285,025 viewers) and Fox's Glee (278,238 viewers). Lost won big among advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds, though, with Glee second and NCIS: Los Angeles falling to fourth behind the second hour of NBC's The Biggest Loser.

CBS' The Good Wife ran first at 9 p.m. in total viewers, but NBC's Parenthood topped the 18-to-49 Nielsens while ABC's V landed in second.

In local news derby results, CBS11 ran the 10 p.m. table for the second straight weeknight, winning in total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

NBC5 kept its May "sweeps" unbeaten streak intact at 6 a.m., but its victory margins over Fox4 were smaller than usual in both measurements. WFAA8 plunged to fourth place in total viewers but held off CBS11 for a distant third among 25-to-54-year-olds.

WFAA8 had a much better time of it in the early evening news competitions, winning at 5 p.m. in total viewers and tying CBS11 for first place at 6 p.m.

The golds in the 25-to-54 demographic went to Fox4 at 5 p.m. and WFAA8 at 6 p.m.