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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., May 18) -- Empire rules with Season 2 finale

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Fox cleaned up for one last time in the current TV season with an Empire Season 2 closer that easily dominated the two major ratings food groups for entertainment programming.

The 8 p.m. episode had 410,779 D-FW viewers, with almost half of them -- 203,245 -- in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old demographic.

Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast took advantage of the Empire tailwind to run second Wednesday night in both measurements with 325,790 total viewers and 127,028 in the 18-to-49 age range.

TNT’s Golden State Warriors-Oklahoma City Thunder game, although it was a blowout, took the bronzes, drawing 205,390 total viewers (the same as NBC’s 8 p.m. hour of Law & Order: SVU) and 117,501 within the 18-to-49 motherlode.

Here are the local news derby results for the 15th weekday of the May ratings “sweeps,” with just five days remaining before next Wednesday’s finish line.

Fox4 won at 10 p.m. in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming). The station also again swept the 6 a.m. competitions.

TEGNA8 ran the table at 6 p.m. The 5 p.m. golds went to Fox4 in total viewers and TEGNA8 in the 25-to-54 demographic.

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