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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., Nov. 18) -- Empire still ruling

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Fox’s Empire continued to dominate the Wednesday prime-time terrain while its warmup act, Rosewood, showed more signs of audience rejection.

Empire’s 417,862 D-FW viewers easily controlled the 8 p.m. hour before Fox4’s local newscast coasted to a 9 p.m. win with 240,802. Both programs also won their time slots with advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds.

At 7 p.m., Fox’s Rosewood averaged 191,225 total viewers, a number that was inflated by the 240,802 who watched the closing 15-minute segment. That’s the TV set warmup effect for Empire at work.

CBS’ Survivor was the full 7 p.m. hour winner with 219,554 viewers. ABC’s The Middle also beat the first half of Rosewood with 184,142 viewers. It was the same story in the key 18-to-49-year-old demographic.

Wednesday’s oldest-skewing show among the Big Four broadcast networks again was NBC’s 7 p.m. episode of The Mysteries of Laura. It drew 31,757 viewers in the 18-to-49 age range. In contrast, Empire had 184,191.

Here are the local news derby results for the 15th weekday of the November “sweeps” ratings period, which ends on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

NBC5 nipped TEGNA8 for the most total viewers at 10 p.m., but both stations were outdrawn by Fox4 in the 25-to-54-year-old demographic (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 added another pair of wins at 6 a.m., likewise swept the 5 p.m. competitions and also ran first at 6 p.m. with 25-to-54-year-olds. CBS11 had the most total viewers at 6 p.m.

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