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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., April 9) -- CBS sets pace with Criminal Minds, CSI

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It’s kinda freaky how much mileage CBS is still getting out of two presumably creaky crime dramas.

But the network claimed the lion’s share of Wednesday’s prime-time spoils with its 8 to 10 p.m. bloc of Criminal Minds and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

Criminal Minds won its time slot with 333,761 D-FW viewers before CSI held serve at 9 p.m. with 284,052 viewers. More surprisingly, both series also ran first among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds.

At 7 p.m., the first hour of Fox’s American Idol, with 220,140 total viewers, held off CBS’ competing Survivor (184,634). Idol also led at that hour among 18-to-49-year-olds.

Here are Wednesday’s four-way local news derby results.

Fox4 and CBS11 tied for the top spot in total viewers at 10 p.m., but Fox4 had first place to itself among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 and WFAA8 shared the 6 a.m. gold in total viewers, marking the first weekday that Fox4 hasn’t won outright in this measurement since way back on Jan. 15th (when NBC5 was narrowly alone in first). Fox4 again had the most 25-to-54-year-olds, though.

NBC5 had a big day in the early evening, sweeping both the 5 and 6 p.m. competitions.

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