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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs., Feb. 26) -- nice night for CBS and CBS11 news

Thursday's special edition of Fox's American Idol called the tune at 7 p.m. before CBS again made crime pay for the rest of the night.

Idol clocked in with 431,795 D-FW viewers, with only CBS' Survivor: Tocantin (225,862 viewers) offering even token resistance. But the gap wasn't as pronounced among advertiser-favored 18-to-49-year-olds. Idol lured 171,784 viewers in that age range, with Survivor in the neighborhood with 116,683.

A new episode of CBS' CSI: Crime Scene Investigation then drew prime-time's second biggest biggest crowd (338,793 viewers), cruising past a competing repeat of ABC's Grey's Anatomy (146,146 viewers) while Fox's Hell Kitchen ran second at 8 p.m. with 192,647 viewers.

CBS' Eleventh Hour easily won the 9 p.m. hour, retaining most of CSI's audience with 318,864 viewers. Fox4's 9 p.m. newscast finished a solid second with 199,290 viewers, easily outdrawing a new episode of NBC's ER and a rerun of ABC's Private Practice.

In the daily local news derby, CBS11 drew 232,505 viewers to nip WFAA8 at 10 p.m. CBS11 also ran first among 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming. WFAA8 slid to an unaccustomed third in that measurement, behind Fox4.

NBC5 swept the 6 a.m. ratings for the fifth consecutive weekday and also won at 5 p.m. in total viewers.

Fox4 was tops with 25-to-54-year-olds at both 5 and 6 p.m., leaving WFAA8 with a lone Thursday win at 6 p.m. in the total viewer Nielsens.