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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., April 1) -- more ratings booty for Idol, Fox4

American Idol's latest results show again chopped down competitors and also gave Fox4's 9 p.m. newscast a kick upstairs in Wednesday's D-FW Nielsens.

Idol, which evicted Megan Joy Corkrey to reduce its field to eight, rocked as usual in the 8 p.m. hour with 451,724 viewers. CBS' Criminal Minds (279,006 viewers) offered some resistance opposite Idol, which won by a wider percentage among advertiser-craved 18-to-49-year-olds.

Fox4's 9 p.m. local newscast then tied CBS' competing CSI: NY, with each show drawing 312,221 total viewers. But the news had a sizable edge among 18-to-49-year-olds.

CBS began the night with a 7 p.m. win in both ratings measurements. Its celebrity-infused April Fool's special, I Get That a Lot, drew 239,148 total viewers to hold off Fox's runnerup Lie to Me (179,361 viewers).

NBC again ran fourth all night in total viewers with an all-crime lineup of Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Life and Law & Order.

ABC's series final of Life on Mars, which literally ended up on the Red Planet, drew 132,860 viewers following a new episode of the network's ever-perplexing but still engrossing Lost (199,290 viewers).

In Wednesday's local news derby results, CBS11 took the top spot at 10 p.m. with 305,578 viewers while Fox4 logged a rare first place finish among 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

Fox4 and NBC5 shared the 6 a.m. golds in total viewers, but Fox4 had the winner's circle to itself in the 25-to-54 demographic.

WFAA8 won at 6 p.m. in total viewers, with the Peacock prevailing among 25-to-54-year-olds. The two stations tied for first at 5 p.m. in total viewers, but NBC5 again had the edge with 25-to-54-year-olds.