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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon., Nov. 24)

ABC's Dancing with the Stars performance final proved to be a shoe-in as Monday's top draw before CBS' CSI: Miami again made crime pay in prime-time's closing hour.

Dancing amassed 518,154 D-FW viewers from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to squash CBS' runnerup sitcom lineup of The Big Bang Theory (239,148 viewers), How I Met Your Mother (212,576) and Two and a Half Men (352,079).

ABC's Samantha Who? then took the 8:30 p.m. slot in total viewers, even though plummeting to 292,229 of 'em. CSI: Miami cruised in at 9 p.m. with 345,436 viewers.

Dancing also called the tune among advertiser-craved 18-to-49-year-olds, but Samantha Who? fell to third place behind the second half-hour of NBC's Heroes and CBS' Worst Week. The 9 p.m. gold in the 18-to-49 demo went to CSI: Miami.

In the local newscast derby, CBS11 won at 10 p.m. in total viewers, with WFAA8 taking first place among 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

Fox4 again ran the table at 6 a.m. and WFAA8 did likewise at 6 p.m. The 5 p.m. winners were Fox4 and NBC5 in total viewers, and the Peacock among 25-to-54-year-olds.

The 20-weekday November "sweeps" ratings period officially ends Wednesday, but in reality will be all but over after Tuesday's Nielsen ratings are in.

That's because Thanksgiving eve is considered an in-transit travel day, with most newscasts traditionally carrying an "H" for holiday designation. Stations that choose this option can count one, two, three or all of Wednesday's newscast out of the final ratings averages.

So we hope to bring you a final sweeps report in the next daily "ratings snapshot," although unclebarky.com also has traveling plans that may not wait.