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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., April 3)

Stormy weather largely obliterated a pair of hit 8 p.m. shows Tuesday night, but D-FW viewers stayed tuned anyway while likely cursing an Arlington area "tornado warning" that later fizzled.

Ratings for Fox's House and ABC's Dancing with the Stars results show increased slightly from the previous Tuesday, when they ran intact.

Dancing and Pete Delkus' colorful weather maps drew 321,300 homes, up from 302,260 the previous week. House and Dan Henry's colorful weather maps drew 242,760 homes, up from 240,380.

Fox's American Idol, which skated through uninterrupted, again was the night's biggest draw, with 364,140 homes. The performance edition also dominated as usual with advertiser-craved 18-to-49-year-olds, luring 244,900 of 'em. (Note: Each rating point has been upgraded to equal 31,000 viewers in the 18-to-49 demo. Idol had a 7.9 rating Tuesday among 18-to-49-year-olds.)

In a latenight battle of two Dallas pro sports franchises, the Mavericks on TXA21 crunched the Rangers on Ch. 27.

The Mavs' hardfought, Dirk-less road win over the Sacramento Kings averaged 171,360 homes and easily was the most-watched TV attraction in town after the local 10 p.m. newscasts ended. The Rangers' second straight road loss to the Angels drew 54,740 homes and was watched by fewer viewers than CW33's 10 p.m. to midnight repeats of Everybody Loves Raymond, Friends and Sex & the City.

At 6:30 p.m., the once-dominant Wheel of Fortune is still winning in total homes on CBS11. But it ran a profit-draining fifth Tuesday among 18-to-49-year-olds, even losing to a King of Queens repeat on TXA21.

The local news derby went like this:

Belo8 won handily at 10 p.m. in both homes and with 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming. The ABC station also had twin wins at 5 and 6 p.m.

Fox4 returned to the winner's circle at 6 a.m. with first place finishes in both ratings measurements.