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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., April 8) -- Fox/Fox4 call prime-time tune

American Idol's latest results show again racked up Wednesday's biggest audience; Fox's first-year Lie to Me in truth is also a hit, albeit a modest one.

Idol drew 418,508 D-FW viewers in the 8 p.m. hour, with Scott MacIntyre's eviction reducing the field to seven. CBS' Criminal Minds (298,935 viewers) ran a respectable second, but again was trounced by Idol among advertiser-craved 18-to-49-year-olds.

Lie to Me, which now seems like a cinch to return next season, led off prime-time with 179,361 total viewers, beating all competing programming in that measurement and also topping the 7 p.m. field in the 18-to-49 demographic.

CBS' CSI: NY took the 9 p.m. hour in total viewers with 272,363. But Fox4's runnerup local newscast claimed the gold among 18-to-49-year-olds.

The 9 p.m. premiere of ABC's The Unusuals improved on its lead-in from Lost (119,574 total viewers), but still ran third in its time slot with 179,361 viewers. Unusuals also took the bronze with 18-to-49-year-olds, while NBC's wheezing Law & Order ran fourth at 9 p.m. in both measurements.

The Dallas Mavericks' crucial home blowout win against Utah drew 79,716 total viewers on TXA21 and added the same number for the ESPN presentation. But double the number of 18-to-49-year-olds chose ESPN over TXA21.

In local news derby results, WFAA8 ran first at 10 p.m. with 232,505 total viewers, edging runnerup CBS11 (219,219). Fox4 impressively vaulted from fourth to first at 10 p.m. among 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

NBC5 handily swept the 6 a.m. competitions for the second straight weekday, with WFAA8 likewise scoring twin wins at 6 p.m.

Fox4 and WFAA8 tied for first in total viewers at 5 p.m., but NBC5 was tops with 25-to-54-year-olds.