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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., April 4) -- Fox/Fox4 prosper in prime-time

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Fox’s Empire and Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast paced Wednesday’s prime-time ratings.

The news ranked No. 1 in total viewers for the entire night with 235,029. And the 7 p.m. Empire episode was Wednesday’s top draw among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds with 68,653.

Fox’s 8 p.m. hour of Star won its time slot in total viewers with 178,053. But ABC’s competing comedy combo of Modern Family and American Housewife ran first among 18-to-49ers with respective totals of 56,171 and 53,050 viewers.

ABC’s second episode of Zach Braff’s Alex, Inc. struggled at 7:30 p.m., ranking last among the Big Four broadcast networks in total viewers while beating only the second half of NBC’s fading The Blacklist in the 18-to-49 realm.

Here are Wednesday’s local news derby results.

Fox4 came within a speck of an outright rare double grand slam in the 6 a.m. and 5, 6 and 10 p.m. competitions.

The station had twin wins at 6 a.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. in total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming). Fox4 also won at 5 p.m. with 25-to-54-year-olds, but shared the lead in total viewers at that hour with NBC5. Both stations had 124,637 viewers.

For good measure, Fox4’s 7 to 9 a.m. portion of Good Day also again trounced the three competing network morning shows in both ratings barometers.

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