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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., April 20) -- prime-time sweep for Fox/Fox4 before NBC5 flexes at 10

Fox's American Idol remained an impregnable fortress Wednesday, with its latest 90-minute performance show pulverizing a collection of mostly new programming on rival networks.

Idol amassed 623,313 D-FW viewers from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The next most-watched attraction, CBS' Survivor: Redemption Island, managed 242,400 viewers in the 7 p.m. hour.

Breaking In, lately following Idol on Fox, dipped to 297,805 viewers but still easily won its time slot. A competing new 8:30 p.m. episode of ABC's Cougar Town marked its return to Wednesdays with a third-place finish and just 103,886 viewers.

Fox4's 9 p.m. local newscast then ramped up to one of its biggest audiences this year, drawing 325,508 viewers in smashing CBS' second-place rerun of Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (131,588 viewers). Back-to-back 9 and 9:30 p.m. episodes of ABC's new Happy Endings sitcom ran fourth with a sobering 96,960 and 117,737 viewers.

Fox/Fox4 also swept the prime-time Nielsens among advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds.

Over on Fox Sports Southwest, the lately slumping Texas Ranger fell out of first place after losing to the Los Angeles Angels. The game had 152,365 viewers, falling well short of the audience later Wednesday night for TNT's Los Angeles Lakers-New Orleans Hornets playoff game (214,697 viewers).

In the four-way local news derby results, NBC5 perked up at 10 p.m. by nipping CBS11 in total viewers (214,697 to 207,771) while cruising among 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming on most stations.

The Peacock also had a rare doubleheader sweep at 6 a.m., beating arch rival Fox4 in both ratings measurements. CBS11's 6 a.m. edition, still searching for a replacement for dumped co-anchor Scott Sams, continued to dig a ratings ditch for itself, particularly with 25-to-54-year-olds. Its 12,427 viewers in that age group put it far behind third-place WFAA8 (49,707), which itself ran well behind NBC5 (83,881).

WFAA8 won at 6 p.m. in total viewers and shared first place at 5 p.m. in that measurement with NBC5. But Fox4 won both competitions in the 25-to-54 demographic, with an especially dominant performance at 6 p.m.