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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., March 4)

Viewers voted for WFAA8's and CNN's coverage of Tuesday's Texas-flavored presidential primaries, and no one's yet cried fraud or threatened to file a lawsuit.

The ABC station's uncharacteristically mistake-prone 9 p.m. election special drew 185,106 D-FW homes, edging NBC's Law & Order: SVU repeat (180,234 homes) and Fox4's 9 p.m. results show (168,056 homes). A new episode of CBS' Jericho barely registered with 75,504 homes.

SVU in turn topped the 9 p.m. field among 25-to-54-year-olds (the key news demographic) and 18-to-49-year-olds (the advertiser-preferred audience for entertainment programming). WFAA8 ran second in both measurements.

WFAA8's 10 p.m. newscast proceeded to thrash its three local rivals, amassing 253,302 homes against Fox4 (153,443), NBC5 (141,265) and CBS11 (90,117).
The ABC station also won handily among 25-to-54-year-olds, with NBC5 and Fox4 respectively taking the silver and bronze.

TXA21's two-hour election special, from 7 to 9 p.m., drew 31,662 homes in the first hour and 63,326 in the second.

The three-way cable battle went to CNN, which topped Fox News Channel and MSNBC in all prime-time hours and beyond.

CNN's audience peaked at 85,246 D-FW homes in the 8 p.m. hour. So did Fox News Channel's, with 63,326 homes. MSNBC drew its largest crowd -- 26,792 homes -- between 9 and 10 p.m.

Fox's American Idol again led all comers Tuesday, luring 326,370 homes for a sing-off among the remaining eight males, including a very well-received Jason Castro of Rockwall.

The premiere of Fox's New Amsterdam kept a nice-sized 194,848 homes to win in that measurement. But it somehow lost the 18-to-49-year-old battle to ABC's competing comedy combo of According to Jim and Carpoolers.

In the remaining local news competitions, Fox4 returned to the winner's circle at 6 a.m. in total homes (131,522), with NBC5 and WFAA8 tying for second (116,909 homes apiece). WFAA8 was tops among 25-to-54-year-olds, with Fox4 barely holding off the Peacock for second place.

WFAA8 had another fine time at 5 and 6 p.m., taking golds across the board.