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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs., Feb. 21) -- winning times for CBS, Fox, ABC

NBC remained in Death Valley Thursday while CBS, Fox and ABC slugged it out for time slot top spots.

CBS' The Big Bang Theory again proved invincible at 7 p.m., drawing a night's best 475,010 D-FW viewers while also winning resoundingly among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds.

Fox's American Idol then won from 7:30 to 8 p.m. in both ratings measurements.

Another of CBS' crime powerhouses, Person of Interest, took the 8 p.m. hour in total viewers (357,978). But the second half of Idol prevailed with 18-to-49-year-olds.

The 9 p.m. golds went to CBS' Elementary in total viewers (247,831) and ABC's Scandal in the 18-to-49 demographic. Fox4's 9 p.m. local newscast took the silvers with solid numbers in both competitions.

ABC's second episode of Zero Hour ran a distant third at 7 p.m. in total viewers (ahead of NBC's Community and Parks & Recreation) before falling to fourth with 18-to-49-year-olds. NBC's 8:30 p.m. episode of 1600 Penn was the night's least-watched attraction in both measurements among Big Four broadcast network offerings. It drew just 41,305 total viewers.

Over on KTXD-TV (Ch. 47), D magazine's two new weekday morning hours are still awaiting their first official signs of life. Both D: The Broadcast and D Living registered "hashmarks" (no measurable audience) for the fourth time in four tries. The station's 11 a.m. post-D Living show, a repeat of the original Hawaii Five-0, then shot up to 23,406 viewers.

Here are Thursday's local news derby results, with just four weekdays left to count in the February "sweeps" ratings period.

CBS11 topped the 10 p.m. competition in total viewers while WFAA8 ran first with 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

Fox4 again rolled at 6 a.m. with twin wins and also ran the table at 5 p.m.

WFAA8 had the most total viewers at 6 p.m. but Fox4 won comfortably with 25-to-54-year-olds.