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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., Dec. 9) -- CBS runs prime-time table with new crime/comedy

Barbara Walters' most fasssssssssssssssssssss-inating people of 2009, topped by First Lady Michelle Obama, couldn't lick another new hour of gruesome crime-solving on CBS.

In their 9 p.m. Wednesday faceoff, CSI: NY drew 285,025 D-FW viewers to top Babs' 230,734. CSI: NY also won, by a bit wider margin, among advertiser-favored 18-to-49-year-olds.

CBS likewise swept both ratings measurements from 7 to 9 p.m. with a lineup of New Adventures of Old Christine, Gary Unmarried and Criminal Minds, Wednesday's most-watched program in total viewers.

Fox's "fall finale" of Glee, which won't be back until April 13th, was Fox's top draw with 128,940 total viewers. That was good for a third-place tie in the 8 p.m. hour with a new episode of NBC's Law & Order: SVU. But Glee slipped to fourth among 18-to-49-year-olds.

NBC's The Jay Leno Show had a big night Tuesday, but another reality check Wednesday. It ran third in total viewers (edging Fox4's 9 p.m. local newscast) and a distant fourth in the 18-to-49-year-old demographic. Fox's slumping So You Think You Can Dance likewise hit a ratings rut, placing fourth at 7 p.m. in both ratings barometers.

In daily local news derby results, CBS11 topped the 10 p.m. field in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds, the principal target audience for news programming.

NBC5 romped at 6 a.m. with a pair of lopsided wins over Fox4, which then rebounded to dominate the 7 to 9 a.m. hours against the three network morning shows.

WFAA8 won in total viewers at both 5 and 6 p.m., but again couldn't cut the mustard with 25-to-54-year-olds. Fox4 won at 5 p.m. in that demographic while NBC5 took the gold at 6 p.m.