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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., Jan. 21) -- Fox/Fox4 again rule prime-time

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Episode 3 of Empire fell from its Episode 2 ratings highs but still made CBS’ Criminal Minds its loyal subject Wednesday night.

The Fox newcomer won the 8 p.m. hour with 355,674 D-FW viewers, again pushing Criminal Minds (306,856 viewers) into second place. It was a blowout among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, though. Empire called that tune with 157,690 viewers compared to Criminal Minds’ 88,306.

Although still imposing, Empire couldn’t match last week’s eye-popping ratings highs of 425,414 total viewers and 233,381 in the18-to-49 demographic.

Fox also swept the 7 p.m. ratings with American Idol, which drew 348,700 total viewers and 116,691 in the 18-to-49 range.

Fox4’s 9 p.m. local news likewise again came up a winner, edging CBS’ competing Stalker in total viewers (292,908 to 285,934) while enjoying a wider margin with 18-to-49-year-olds (100,922 to 85,153).

In Wednesday’s local news derby results, CBS11 had the most total viewers at 10 p.m. while Fox4 prevailed with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 again ran the table at 6 a.m. and added a 5 p.m. win in the 25-to-54 demographic. NBC5 had the most total viewers at 5 p.m.

The 6 p.m. golds went to CBS11 in total viewers and NBC5 among 25-to-54-year-olds.

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