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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., May 9) -- Fox4 news, Empire lead prime-time pack

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Not that long ago, this seemed like an impossible dream. Imagine a prime-time local newscast outdrawing all network entertainment programming airing from 7 to 10 p.m.

It’s no longer all that much of an aberration. Fox4’s 9 p.m. news drew D-FW’s biggest overall audience Wednesday night, with 220,785 viewers. And the Fox network’s 7 p.m. episode of Empire lured more advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds (81,136) than any other TV attraction.

The 8 p.m. hour was split between NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in total viewers (185,175) and Fox’s Star in the 18-to-49-year-old realm (65,533). Otherwise, CBS’ Survivor had the most total viewers from 7 to 8 p.m. (213,663) and Fox4’s 9 p.m. news also won that hour with 18-to-49ers (53,050).

Here are Wednesday’s four-way local news derby results. We’re now at the midpoint of the 20-weekday May “sweeps” ratings period.

Fox4 won at 10 p.m. in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming) while adding a 6 a.m. sweep. The station also ran first at 5 and 6 p.m. with 25-to-54-year-olds.

NBC5 drew the most total viewers at 5 p.m. and TEGNA8 won in that measurement at 6 p.m.

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