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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., Dec. 16) -- Fox4 shines in the morning, sinks with Dance finale

Fox's two-hour So You Think You Can Dance season finale fell flat in D-FW Wednesday night, but auditions for an eighth edition already are set for January in Miami and Manhattan for starters.

Dance, won by Boston hip hop/krump artist Russell Ferguson of Boston, drew just 115,367 viewers from 7 to 9 p.m., beating only a bloc of comedy repeats on ABC and nipping a new episode of CBS' The New Adventures of Old Christine in the first half-hour.

NBC's competing two-hour edition of The Sing-Off edged Dance with 122,153 viewers while CBS controlled the 7:30 to 9 p.m. slot with Gary Unmarried (128,940 viewers) and Criminal Minds (312,170 viewers).

It was the same story with advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds, where Sing-Off outdrew Dance by a wider margin.

CBS easily controlled the 9 p.m. hour with CSI: NY, which had Wednesday's overall largest audience (332,529 viewers).

Over in the cable world, the Dallas Mavericks' nicely done road win at Oklahoma City averaged a combined 190,016 total viewers on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN.

In local news derby results, CBS11 again cashed in on the popularity of its network crime lead-in by romping to lopsided victories at 10 p.m. in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

Fox4 had a second straight sunny day in the early morn, winning in both ratings measurements over arch rival NBC5. The 7 to 9 a.m. portion of Fox4's Good Day likewise ran the table against the three network morning shows.

The early evening newscast ratings showed Fox4 sweeping the 6 p.m. Nielsens while also winning at 5 p.m. among 25-to-54-year-olds. NBC5 took the 5 p..m. gold in total viewers.

That left a winless WFAA8 with a day it would rather forget. In the 25-to-54 demographic -- which station management pointedly says is the only measurement that really counts -- WFAA8 finished fourth at 6 a.m., third at 5 and 6 p.m. and second at 10 p.m.