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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., Feb. 18) -- more sugar Cookie(s) for Fox/Fox4

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Fox has one night of the week that ensures a very sunny start to the following day.

That would be Wednesday, where the freshman series Empire continues to be a full-blown smash paced by the out-loud performance of Taraji P. Henson as the scorned “Cookie” Lyons.

Airing in its usual 8 p.m. slot, Empire again ruled with 439,362 D-FW viewers and 214,458 in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old demographic.

The next closest competing attraction, hour two of CBS’ The Mentalist series finale, drew 285,934 total viewers. Among 18-to-49-year-olds, ABC’s 8 p.m. episode of Modern Family ran a very distant second with 85,153 viewers before the 8:30 to 9 p.m. portion of Mentalist took the runner-up spot with 53,615.

Fox’s American Idol won the 7 p.m. hour in both ratings measurements with 341,726 total viewers and 113,537 in the 18-to-49 age range. At 9 p.m., Fox4’s local newscast topped the field with respective totals of 244,090 and 97,768 viewers.

Here are the local news derby results for the 15th weekday of the February “sweeps,” which end after next Wednesday’s battles.

Gannett8 had the most total viewers at 10 p.m. while Fox4 ran first with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 also swept the 6 a.m. competitions and tied NBC5 for the top spot in total viewers at 5 p.m. But the Peacock was alone in first among 25-to-54-year-olds.

The 6 p.m. golds went to CBS11 in total viewers and Gannett8 in the 25-to-54 demographic.

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