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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon., April 16) -- big day for WFAA8 news

It seemed like old times Monday for WFAA8's local newscasts, which came close to an exceedingly rare double grand slam in the four major four-way competitions.

Buoyed by boffo ratings for a new episode of ABC's Castle, WFAA8 won comfortably at 10 p.m. in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming. The ABC affiliate also swept the 5 and 6 p.m. faceoffs and tied Fox4 for first place at 6 a.m. with 25-to-54-year-olds.

WFAA8's only loss came in the early morning total viewers measurement, where Fox4 nipped NBC5 for first place with WFAA8 a close third and CBS11 again at the bottom of a ratings quarry.

In Monday's prime-time tallies, two-hour editions of ABC's Dancing with the Stars and NBC's The Voice again traded first-place finishes from 7 to 9 p.m. Dancing won in total D-FW viewers (392,808) while The Voice hummed along with 18-to-49-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for non-news attractions. CBS' resurgent How I Met Your Mother beat the first half-hour of Dancing in this key demographic, but couldn't quite top The Voice.

Castle cruised at 9 p.m. with 318,383 total viewers while likewise rolling to an easy win among 18-to-49-year-olds. After a 7 to 9 p.m. lineup of new comedy episodes, CBS punted with a Hawaii Five-0 repeat at 9 p.m. It ran third in total viewers and fourth with 18-to-49-year-olds; Fox4's 9 p.m. local newscast took the silver in both measurements.

On Fox Sports Southwest, the Mavericks' triple overtime loss at Utah stretched until 11:30 p.m. In its final 15 minutes, the game had a peak total viewers audience of 216,771.