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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., May 11) -- up-and-down results for Big Four broadcast networks

Fox's American Idol again had Tuesday's biggest audience, but rival networks also joined in the ratings fun.

Idol's weekly performance show, with Cool/Fort Worth's Casey James singing "Mrs. Robinson" from The Graduate, easily controlled the 8 p.m. hour with 427,537 D-FW viewers. It also called the tune among advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds.

ABC's Lost, CBS' NCIS: Los Angeles and Fox's Glee then fought a pitched battle at 8 p.m. Lost prevailed, nipping NCIS: Los Angeles in total viewers by a 298,597 to 291,811 score while Glee (264,666) pulled in third. Lost won by a wider margin in the 18-to-49 age range, with Glee moving up to second and NCIS: Los Angeles falling to a third-place tie with the second hour of NBC's Tony Romo-infused The Biggest Loser.

At 9 p.m., CBS' The Good Wife won with 257,879 total viewers. But NBC's Parenthood had the most 18-to-49-year-olds, followed by ABC's V and third-place Good Wife.

WFAA8 enjoyed its second strong night in the 10 p.m. local news Nielsens, edging CBS11 in total viewers while winning more comfortably among 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

But the bigger news is at 6 a.m., where Fox4 ran the table for the fourth straight weekday. It's now a horse race for first place between Fox4 and defending champ NBC5, which had been dominating in the early days of the May sweeps before lately slumping.

Fox4 also ran first at 5 and 6 p.m. with 25-to-54-year-olds. But WFAA8 and NBC5 tied for tops in total viewers at 5 p.m. while WFAA8 had the gold to itself at 6 p.m.

TXA21's "First In Prime" 7 to 9 p.m. local news continued to draw scant interest, particularly on a night loaded with big network attractions. The first hour had just 4,071 total viewers, and the second, 6,786. CW33's 9 p.m. local newscast had 33,932 viewers, making it a Goliath in comparison to TXA21 but still a small fry overall.