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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., April 13) -- Idol, Glee in tune with big ratings

Another North Texas-infused American Idol performance show, followed by the return of Glee, gave Fox a night in perfect harmony Tuesday.

The 90-minute Idol, with Fort Worth's Casey James and Duncanville's Tim Urban still among the nine finalists, amassed 461,468 D-FW viewers from 7 to 8:30 p.m. ABC's Dancing with the Stars results show, with soap star Aiden Turner evicted, took the silver with 298,597 viewers in the 7 to 8 p.m. slot.

Glee then drew a very nice-sized 380,033 viewers in a special 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. airing, overpowering the second half hour of ABC's Lost (237,521 viewers).

Fox4's abbreviated local newscast, cut to a half-hour, was tops in total viewers but ran second among advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds to the second half of NBC's Parenthood.

ABC's V continued to struggle in the 9 p.m. hour, finishing fourth in total viewers and third in the 18-to-49 age range. CBS punted with a night's worth of crime series reruns, with only The Good Wife faring better than fourth place in total viewers.

The daily local news derby was topped at 10 p.m. in total viewers by WFAA8, which tied for first with NBC5 among 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

WFAA8's late night news included sports anchor Dale Hansen's ripping of station management for airing a secretly recorded Jerry Jones video that originated on But there was no discernible "spike" in the ratings. In fact, the previous week's edition had a bit bigger audience coming off an identically lousy lead-in from V.

NBC5 again rolled at 6 a.m. with another doubleheader win over second place Fox4. CBS11 fell back to its accustomed distant fourth place dwelling after perking up recently to beat WFAA8 for third place on several occasions.

WFAA8 ran the table at 6 p.m. and also had the 5 p.m. gold in total viewers. The 5 p.m. battle for 25-to-54-year-olds ended in a first place tie between WFAA8 and CBS11.