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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., Jan. 30)

Belo8 celebrated "sweeps" eve with another double grand slam in the local newscast league, its fourth this month. And the Fox network and Fox4's 9 p.m. local newscast whooped it up with a prime-time trouncing of all rivals.

Fox's American Idol again drew the biggest crowd in total D-FW homes (358,033). But its lie detector-spiced big money game show, The Moment of Truth, had Wednesday's biggest haul of advertiser-craved 18-to-49-year-olds. Truth drew 321,647 of 'em, with Idol a reasonably close runnerup (296,420).

Fox4's 9 p.m. newscast also smoked the competition, with 224,075 total homes and 176,590 viewers of the 18-to-49-year-old persuasion. The night's non-Fox runnerup in that category, ABC's two-hour "enhanced" edition of last season's Lost finale, had 132,443 advertiser-favored 18-to-49-year-olds.

Otherwise Belo8 grinned broadly, sweeping the 6 a.m. and 5, 6 and 10 p.m. local news competitions in total homes and among 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming. Early morning's defending champ, Fox4, ran second at 6 a.m., just a hair ahead of third-place NBC5. And the Peacock copped second place among 25-to-54-year-olds.

Belo8 had an especially easy time at 10 p.m., rolling up dominant wins over second-place NBC5 in both total homes and with 25-to-54-year-olds.

In the cable universe, CNN's four-way Republican presidential debate from the Reagan Library pulled in an average of 58,860 homes from 7 to 8:30 p.m. That easily bested regularly scheduled programming on rivals Fox News Channel and MSNBC.