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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., Jan. 23) -- Idol still formidable

Its numbers aren't what they used to be. But Fox and local Fox stations will still take 'em.

Airing opposite a mix of new and repeat programming Wednesday night, American Idol handily won its 7 to 9 p.m. slot with 426,820 D-FW viewers. A new 8 p.m. episode of CBS' Criminal Minds placed a solid second with 337,326 viewers while ABC's Modern Family took the bronze (213,410 viewers).

Idol also won comfortably among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, with Modern Family Wednesday's second most-watched attraction in this key demographic.

A new episode of CBS' CSI: Crime Scene Investigation ranked No. 1 at 9 p.m. with 268,484 total viewers. But Fox4's 9 p.m. local newscast was tops at that hour with 18-to-49-year-olds.

ABC's new episode of Nashville, which began with shots of the Dallas skyline and performance footage from American Airlines Center, ranked third at 9 p.m. in both ratings measurements. It outdrew only a rerun of NBC's Chicago Fire.

In Wednesday's local news derby results, CBS11 topped the 10 p.m. competition in total viewers while WFAA8 ran first with 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

Fox4 continued to pound bumps on its early morning rivals with twin wins at 6 a.m. It added 5 and 6 p.m. firsts in the 25-to-54 demographic.

The 5 and 6 p.m. golds in total viewers respectively went to WFAA8 and CBS11.