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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., April 6) -- more Idol riches

Another big Wednesday for American Idol's performance show and solid sampling of the new Fox comedy Breaking In sent the competition into hiding again.

Idol's 90-minute sing-off clicked the Nielsen turnstyles with 616,387 D-FW viewers before Breaking In held onto 318,5822 of them. The 15-minute increment numbers indicated a bigger turn-off, though, with Breaking In nabbing 367,062 viewers from 8:30 to 8:45 p.m. before falling to 270,102 for its second half.

Still, the newcomer won the time period and crunched the season and very likely series finale of ABC's competing Mr. Sunshine, which limped off the prime-time stage with just 69,257 viewers.

Idol and Breaking In also cruised to first-place finishes with advertiser-favored 18-to-49-year-olds before CBS' Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior edged Fox4's 9 p.m. local newscast by a score of 270,102 to 235,473 in the total viewers measurement. But NBC's Law & Order: SVU was tops at 9 p.m. with 18-to-49-year-olds while Suspect Behavior fell to third.

The Texas Rangers' afternoon win over the Seattle Mariners, making the defending AL champs a perfect 6-0 this season, drew 90,034 total viewers on Fox Sports Southwest. That was a bigger crowd than the slumping Dallas Mavericks mustered in prime-time, with just 69,257 viewers watching the team's home loss to Denver. Starters Tyson Chandler and Jason Kidd didn't play, though.

In the local news derby festivities, Fox4 and CBS11 tied for first place at 10 p.m. in total viewers, with Fox4 alone at the top with 25-to-54-year-olds, main advertiser target audience for news programming on most stations.

Fox4 again swept the 6 a.m. competitions and added wins at 5 and 6 p.m. in the 25-to-54 demographic. The total viewer golds at those hours respectively went to CBS11 and WFAA8.