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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs., March 29) -- Idol bops Big Bang while Fox/Fox4 run table with 18-to-49-year-olds

The continued presence of McKinney's Hollie Cavanaugh, who survived a Bottom 2 scare Thursday, helped propel Fox's American Idol to another clear-cut win in prime-time's lead-off slot.

Idol had 433,542 D-FW viewers opposite a new episode of CBS' The Big Bang Theory (325,157) while also whipping the potent sitcom among advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds. (Nationally, though, Idol ran second to Big Bang in the key 18-to-49 demographic.)

CBS then ran first from 8 to 10 p.m. in total D-FW viewers with new hours of Person of Interest and The Mentalist. But Fox and Fox4 called the tune among 18-to-49-year-olds in the broadcast network universe with Touch and the nightly 9 p.m. local newscast.

On TNT, the Dallas Mavericks' lopsided loss at Miami averaged 196,449 total viewers, beating everything on NBC.

ABC's 7 p.m. new episode of Ashley Judd's Missing fared fairly well with 189,675 viewers overall. But it ran fifth with 18-to-49-year-olds, trailing Idol, the CBS comedies, NBC's Community/30 Rock and the Mavs.

ABC's Private Practice repeat at 9 p.m. was the least -watched program among the Big Four broadcast networks, with a measly 27,096 viewers. But it was juggernaut compared to CW33's competing local newscast, which registered one of its lowest totals ever with just 5,419 viewers following a barely watched new episode of The CW network's The Secret Circle (10,839 viewers).

In Thursdays four-way local news derby proceedings, CBS11 won at 10 p.m. in total viewers but Fox4 ran first with 25-to-54-year-olds, the favored advertiser target audience for news programming.

NBC5 had a pair of soothing wakeup calls, running the table at 6 a.m. Fox4 swept both the 5 and 6 p.m. competitions.