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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs., April 9) -- ups, downs for trio of network series premieres

CBS' Harper's Island outdrew NBC's Southland in a battle of 9 p.m crime series premieres while the Peacock's launch of Amy Poehler's Parks and Recreation made a minimal impression earlier Thursday night.

Harper's Island, in which a wedding guest or two are killed gruesomely each week, sucked in 259,077 D-FW viewers opposite the critically praised but even darker Southland (232,505 viewers). But Southland's audience grew while viewers began deserting Harper's Island in its second half-hour. So that's a plus for NBC, which is without ER in the 9 p.m. hour for the first time in 15 seasons.

Harper's Island also beat Southland among advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds, but again suffered an audience falloff while Southland's ratings increased in each 15-minute increment.

Meanwhile, Parks and Recreation had NBC's smallest audience of the night, with just 93,002 total viewers. Still, that was good enough to beat the 7:30 p.m. competition from ABC's Samantha Who?, which barely registered with 66,430 viewers. It was the same story among 18-to-49-year-olds, with CBS' Survivor: Tocantins running No. 1 in both measurements from 7 to 8 p.m.

A new episode of CBS' CSI: Crime Scene Investigation was prime-time's top draw, with 352,079 total viewers in the 8 p.m. hour.

The local news wars were paced by WFAA8 at 10 p.m., where the ABC station won in total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. Nielsens, with runnerup NBC5 dropping to second after spending Tuesday and Wednesday on top.

The Peacock scored twin wins at 5 p.m. and also won at 6 p.m. among 25-to-54-year-olds. WFAA8 had the most total viewers in the later hour.