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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs., Jan. 15) -- that freight train rollin' is Fox4's 9 p.m. local news

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It always helps to have help from your network. And on Wednesdays and Thursdays of late, Fox has been very good to Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscasts.

The news again flourished after two hours of American Idol averaged 285,934 D-FW viewers and beat everything in its path except a 7 p.m. rerun of CBS’ The Big Bang Theory. Fox4 held on to most of that crowd at 9 p.m., drawing 265,012 viewers in thumping competition from CBS’ new episode of Elementary (146,454 viewers), NBC’s first-run Parenthood (125,532) and ABC’s repeat of How to Get Away with Murder (83,688).

Fox4’s news also beat all competing programming among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds. But Idol stumbled a bit, losing from 7 to 8 p.m. to Big Bang and CBS’ new episode of Mom before winning the 8 p.m. hour.

CBS’ freshman comedy The McCarthys continued to tap nails into its coffin, falling off sharply in both ratings measurements from the audience drawn by CBS’ preceding Two and a Half Men.

Over on The CW, a two-hour 7 to 9 p.m. special, The World Dog Awards, was mostly pooped on by humans. Hosted by George Lopez, it had just 27,896 total viewers and 3,154 in the 18-to-49 realm. R-r-r-r-r-uff. Our two cats didn’t much like it either.

Here are Thursday’s local news derby results.

Gannett8 ran first at 10 p.m. in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 and NBC5 tied for the top spot in total viewers at 6 a.m. while Fox4 was alone in first among 25-to-54-year-olds. CBS11 flexed a small muscle during Karen Borta’s first week as the transplanted new early morning co-anchor. For the second time in four days, it ran third among 25-to-54-year-olds, ahead of Gannett8. Fourth place is CBS11’s usual habitat.

CBS11 had the most total viewers at 6 p.m. Fox4 otherwise controlled the early evening news terrain, winning at 6 p.m. among 25-to-54-year-olds and sweeping the 5 p.m. competitions.

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