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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., Nov. 27) -- NCIS and DWTS pace prime-time

A new episode of CBS' NCIS drew one of its biggest crowds of this season Tuesday before D-FW viewers slid over to the Dancing with the Stars fall season finale on ABC.

NCIS led off at 7 p.m. with 502,547 viewers in crunching competition from NBC's The Voice (364,863 viewers). ABC took the bronze with a pair of holiday warm-ups, How the Grinch Stole Christmas (151,452) and Shrek the Halls (199,642).

DWTS then commanded the 8 to 10 p.m. slot, with former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader Melissa Rycroft eventually taking the Mirror Ball to the tune of 378,631 viewers. CBS ran a solid second in those hours with NCIS: Los Angeles (337,326 viewers) and Vegas (261,600).

DWTS also won most of the time among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds. But its opening half-hour stumbled, running third to Fox's New Girl and NBC's Go On. Both sitcoms had 108,440 viewers in this key demographic while DWTS drew 95,682 from 8 to 8:30 p.m.

The Voice easily had Tuesday's biggest haul of 18-to-49-year-olds, with 169,038 in the 7 p.m. hour.

In the local news derby results, WFAA8 rode the DWTS tail wind to dominant wins at 10 p.m. in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

Fox4 nipped WFAA8 in both ratings measurements at 6 a.m. while NBC5 had a doubleheader win at 5 p.m. The 6 p.m. golds were split, with CBS11 first in total viewers and WFAA8 tops with 25-to-54-year-olds.