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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs., Sept. 11)

This likely hasn't happened in D-FW before. A dinner hour network newscast drew more homes than any prime-time program on any network Thursday. Hmm, wonder why?

Maybe it was a certain little interview -- namely ABC World News anchor Charles Gibson's exclusive sit-down with Republican vice presidential running mate Sarah Palin.

Gibson-Palin was watched in 180,234 total homes, nipping Fox4's Hurricane Ike-themed 9 p.m. local newscast (177,799 homes). Thursday's most-watched network entertainment program, a repeat of CBS' CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, drew 170,492 homes. Close behind was a following new episode of CBS' Flashpoint (165,621 homes).

Thursday's biggest crowd amassed in post-prime time. WFAA's 10 p.m. newscast had 299,579 homes, crunching runnerup CBS11 (197,836). Local newscasts sometimes don't have that many fair weather friends. But when bad weather looms or strikes, the ratings often go through the roof.

WFAA8 also won at 10 p.m. among 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

Fox4 otherwise controlled the other key battleground, again rolling to easy wins at 6 a.m. in both ratings measurements. The station's 7 to 9 a.m. portion of Good Day likewise dominated the competing trio of network morning shows.

Fox4 also came up a winner at 5 p.m., edging WFAA8 in the total homes Nielsens. WFAA8 otherwise took the 5 p.m. gold among 25-to-54-year-olds and swept the 6 p.m. competitions.