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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs., Feb. 10) -- Idol, Mentalist again come up big

American Idol's first Hollywood eviction party of the new season pounded the 7 p.m. competition on rival networks before CBS' The Mentalist cleaned up at 9 p.m. and helped put CBS11's late night news in the driver's seat.

Fox's longtime top gun may have slipped a bit in the national ratings, but its D-FW performance remains off the charts. Thursday's edition pulled in 560,982 viewers in smacking down CBS' game but still overmatched Big Bang Theory, which had 387,839 viewers from 7 to 7:30 p.m.

At 8 p.m., ABC's Grey's Anatomy won the gold with 332,434 viewers opposite CBS' CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (304,473) and Fox's Bones (249,325).

The ball then bounced to CBS' court, with Mentalist racking up 394,765 viewers in easily outdrawing ABC's runner-up Private Practice (207,771).

Among advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds, Idol and Mentalist won their time slots while NBC's The Office poked through to prevail from 8 to 8:30 p.m. opposite the first half-hour of Grey's. The doc drama then comfortably won the 8:30 to 9 p.m. segment, with NBC's under-appreciated Parks and Recreation sliding to third behind CSI.

The Peacock's 7:30 p.m. comedy entry, Perfect Couples, easily ranked as Thursday's least-watched prime-time program on the Big Four broadcast networks. It had a sub-measly 34,629 total viewers and fared no better with 25-to-54-year-olds.

Thursday's local news derby results rebounded back to CBS11's court at 10 p.m. The station won for the fifth time in six February "sweeps" weeknights in total viewers and added a first place finish among 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming on most stations.

Fox4 dominated the 6 a.m. hour with a doubleheader sweep while also easily outdrawing the three network morning shows with the 7 to 9 a.m. portion of its homegrown Good Day.

WFAA8 swept the 6 p.m. competitions while CBS11 and Fox4 split the 5 p.m. spoils. The total viewers gold went to CBS11 and Fox4 had the edge with 25-to-54-year-olds.