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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs., Jan. 28) -- Fox makes its Bones

A rainy Thursday night in prime-time turned out sunny for Fox.

The network's new episode of Bones ranked as the day's most-watched program, drawing 332,529 D-FW viewers in the 7 p.m. hour. That more than doubled the crowds for competing programs, including ABC's Dallas-made The Deep End (135,726 viewers) and CBS' Survivor fill-in special, Live For the Moment (95,008 viewers).

A new episode of The CW's The Vampire Diaries got all the way to the No. 2 spot at 7 p.m., luring 142,512 viewers. VP also claimed the runnerup spot among advertiser-craved 18-to-49-year-olds.

Fox's first-run episode of Fringe carried the 8 p.m. hour against wall-to-wall repeats on ABC, CBS and NBC. A new episode of The CW's Supernatural plunged to fifth place, drawing less than half the audience for Vampire Diaries.

CBS' repeat of The Mentalist took first at 9 p.m., edging Fox4's local newscast while NBC's The Jay Leno Show and a Private Practice reprise lagged far behind. Fox4 comfortably won at 9 p.m., though, among 18-to-49-year-olds.

In local news derby results, Fox4 had a big day among 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming. It won at 5, 6 and 10 p.m. in this measurement while placing a close second at 6 a.m.

WFAA8 ran first in total viewers at 5 and 10 p.m. while tying NBC5 for the top spot at 6 p.m.

The Peacock again swept the 6 a.m. ratings, where it continues to flex while seeking a replacement for co-anchor Brendan Higgins, who left the station earlier this month. Staffer Scott Friedman has been sitting in, and seems to be a strong bet to be a permanent fixture if he wants to rise and shine long-term.