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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs., Feb. 12) -- CBS and ABC dominate

CBS returned to the 7 p.m. winner's circle Thursday with the launch of Survivor: Tocantins while ABC ended the prime-time ratings competition on an upswing with Private Practice.

Survivor, no longer a ratings kingpin but still an old reliable, drew 186,004 D-FW viewers to top its time period against NBC's My Name Is Earl (146,146 viewers from 7 to 7:30 p.m.) and the second half-hour of ABC's Ugly Betty (99,645 viewers).

CBS' CSI: Crime Scene Investigation then vaulted to 352,079 viewers at 8 p.m. to whip ABC's runnerup Grey's Anatomy (279,006 viewers).

CSI also won among advertiser-craved 18-to-49-year-olds, as did Survivor. But the 9 p.m. spoils in both ratings measurements went to Private Practice, which had 285,649 total viewers in edging CBS' Eleventh Hour (272,363 viewers).

Fox's two-hour NAACP Image Awards bottomed out with 86,359 viewers from 7 to 9 p.m. But NBC's ER fared even worse at 9 p.m., with a new episode drawing an almost shockingly low 53,144 viewers while cratering even worse among 18-to-49-year-olds. In the latter measurement, ER ran seventh at 9 p.m., finishing behind "The 33's" 9 p.m. local newscast and Dr. Phil on TXA21.

Over in the cable universe, the Dallas Mavericks' close-but-no-cigar loss to the visiting Boston Celtics averaged 146,146 total viewers on TNT after an 8:30 p.m. start time.

In the local news derby, WFAA8 again won at 10 p.m. in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

NBC5 likewise swept the 6 a.m. ratings while WFAA8 ran the table at 6 p.m.

At 5 p.m., WFAA8 took a gold for the first time since Jan. 27th by edging Fox4 in total viewers. But Fox4 topped the field among 25-to-54-year-olds.