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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs., April 16) -- Fox/CBS split spoils; ABC in dumper

A new episode of CBS' CSI: Crime Scene Investigation paced Thursday's prime-time proceedings while Fox and Fox4 won the night's opening and closing rounds.

CSI had 338,793 D-FW viewers in the 8 p.m. hour, more than doubling the audience for Fox's runnerup Hell's Kitchen (152,789 viewers). The body-baggers also prevailed among advertiser-favored 18-to-49-year-olds, but by a comparatively slim margin -- 106,960 viewers to Hell's Kitchen's 90,754.

Fox's Bones won at 7 p.m. in both ratings measurements. And Fox4's 9 p.m. local newscast likewise took a pair of golds, edging CBS' runnerup Harper's Island in total viewers and beating NBC's second place Southland by a comfier margin among 18-to-49-year-olds.

ABC punted from 8 to 10 p.m. with repeats of Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice, both of which finished fourth across the board.

New episodes of ABC's In the Motherhood and Samantha Who? fared little better in the 7 p.m. hour. Motherhood tied a new episode of NBC's My Name Is Earl for third in total viewers before Samantha slipped to fourth -- by just one-tenth of a rating point -- behind NBC's fledgling Parks and Recreation.

The CW's Smallville ran third overall in the 7 to 8 p.m. battle for 18-to-49-year-olds, with the second half-hour of CBS' Survivor: Tocantins plunging to fifth. Motherhood sunk to the sixth spot from 7 to 7:30 p.m., trailing the first half-hour of TXA21's local newscast in the 18-to-49 demographic.

In local news derby results, WFAA8 ran the table at 10 p.m. in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming. Its showing in the 25-to-54 demo was particularly impressive. WFAA8 had Thursday's largest audience in this age range, pulling in 154,800 viewers.

At 6 a.m., WFAA8 and NBC5 tied for first in total viewers, with the Peacock on top among 25-to-54-year-olds, ahead of No. 2 Fox4.

WFAA8 swept the 5 p.m. newscast competitions and also ran first at 6 p.m. in total viewers. NBC5 won at the later hour with 25-to-54-year-olds.