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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs., Jan. 8) -- Idol still beats a kick in the head

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Save for the expected stumble opposite CBS’ new episode of The Big Bang Theory, Fox’s American Idol continued to sing loud Thursday night.

The two-hour Part 2 of the show’s Season 14 premiere averaged 313,830 D-FW viewers from 7 to 9 p.m., with 113,537 of them within the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old motherlode.

Only Big Bang performed better during those hours. As CBS’ 7 p.m. leadoff hitter, it had respective totals of 418,440 and 145,075 viewers. Idol’s audiences are greatly diminished from its Godzilla years, but any of Fox’s rivals would still gladly find a spot for it.

Idol’s continued strength also helped propel Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast to a second straight runaway win against network programming on ABC, CBS and NBC. The news drew 306,856 total viewers and 122,998 in the key 18-to-49 demographic. CBS and NBC ran new drama series episodes -- Elementary and Parenthood -- while ABC went with a rerun of How to Get Away with Murder (the least-watched show of the night in the Big Four broadcast network universe).

In the local news derby results, Fox4 again swept the 10 p.m. competitions in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

NBC5 edged Fox4 for the 6 a.m. top spot in total viewers while Fox4 traded places with the Peacock among 25-to-54-year-olds.

At 6 p.m., NBC5 and CBS11 tied for the most total viewers and Fox4 ran first in the 25-to-54 measurement.

The 5 p.m. golds went to NBC5 in total viewers and Fox4 among 25-to-54-year-olds.

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