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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., July 18)

Belo8 weatherman Troy Dungan took the cake Wednesday, both in the shape of his trademark bow tie and in the D-FW Nielsens.

Dungan's 6 p.m. newscast farewell drew 195,160 homes, making it the day's most-watched program in total homes. That's a nice and fitting sendoff to a classy guy who will still pop in at Belo8 on occasion.

Later Wednesday, a second episode of Fox's Don't Forget the Lyrics! had prime-time's biggest haul among advertiser-craved 18-to-49-year-olds. Its numbers aren't up to those of NBC's The Singing Bee, but they're still good enough to keep Fox humming.

The 10 p.m. local newscast wars went to NBC5 in both total homes and with 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

Fox4 again won twice at 6 a.m. and Belo8 ran the table at 5 and 6 p.m.

Also of note: Katie Couric's CBS Evening News had an uncommon second place finish at 5:30 p.m., beating the NBC Nightly News in total homes.