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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon., Jan. 23) -- single-worded dramas dominate

Fox's House and Alcatraz and ABC's Castle made it a big night for minimalist titles while CBS opted out by offering wall-to-wall repeats of its potent Monday lineup.

A new House won the 7 p.m. hour with 318,383 D-FW viewers before Alcatraz held serve with an identical audience haul at 8 p.m. A first-run Castle then made ABC king at 9 p.m. with 284,512 viewers.

House and Castle also prevailed among advertiser-craved 18-to-49-year-olds but Alcatraz fell prey to the second hour of ABC's The Bachelor, which nipped Fox's escapist fare.

Over on NBC, the four remaining Republican presidential candidates got together for their 4,793rd debate, this time in Florida. Brian Williams proved to be a superb questioner/moderator during the two-hour spar, which averaged a decent-sized 203,223 total viewers. In the closing 9 to 10 p.m. hour, that was good enough to beat both Fox4's local newscast and CBS' Hawaii Five-0 rerun. The Repubs slipped a rung with 18-to-49-year-olds, beating only Five-0. The first hour of the debate ran fourth across the board.

In local news derby results, WFAA8 happily fed off ABC's bounteous Castle lead-in and romped to commanding wins at 10 p.m. in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

Fox4 took the 6 a.m. gold in total viewers but WFAA8 rose up to tie the station for first among 25-to-54-year-olds.

Both 5 p.m. wins went to Fox4, which also ran on top at 6 p.m. in the 25-to-54 demographic. CBS11 notched a 6 p.m. first in total viewers.