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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., July 20) -- viewers again go to Hell's

Fox's hottest summer show, Hell's Kitchen, again rode chef Gordon Ramsay's frontburner tirades to a strong showing in Tuesday's prime-time Nielsens.

Hell's won the 7 p.m. hour in total D-FW viewers (196,803) and ran a solid second to NBC's first hour of America's Got Talent from 8 to 9 p.m. Better yet, Hell's topped both hours among advertiser-craved 18-to-49-year-olds, the demographic that networks use to butter their toast.

Talent controlled the 9 p.m. hour in both ratings measurements, gifting NBC5's 10 p.m. newscast with a bounteous lead-in audience. Slaughtered was ABC's 9 p.m. dollop of Prime Time Secrets, which had the night's smallest overall audience (47,504 viewers). Talent's haul for that hour was a robust 346,101 viewers.

Over on Fox Sports Southwest, the first-place Texas Rangers' 8-0 road win at Detroit had a nice-sized 156,085 viewers.

Three out of four stations scored in the local news derby while WFAA8 got shut out.

NBC5 rolled to twin wins at 10 p.m. in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming on most stations.

The Peacock likewise swept the 6 a.m. ratings, again turning back runnerup Fox4. CBS11 had an especially dismal showing at that hour among 25-to-54-year-olds, drawing just 6,138 viewers in this age range while NBC5 had 42,966.

CBS11 won at 6 p.m. in total viewers while Fox4 ran first with 25-to-54-year-olds.

At 5 p.m., NBC5 and CBS11 shared the total viewers gold, with CBS11 alone at the top among 25-to-54-year-olds. WFAA8 finished fourth across the board at both 5 and 6 p.m.