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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., March 2) -- Idol rolls again while sun sets on Mr. Sunshine

More viewers watched American Idol's girls than guys Wednesday night, with the Fox cash cow again smacking down all competition.

Individual performances by Idol's 12 female semi-finalists drew 595,610 D-FW viewers, up significantly from the 491,725 who watched Tuesday night's male delivery. Idol again ruled over its 7 to 8:30 p.m. time slot, with CBS' first half-hour of Criminal Minds the most-watched competing attraction with 283,954 viewers from 8 to 8:30 p.m.

ABC's Mr. Sunshine, a star vehicle for former Friends star Matthew Perry, escaped direct competition with Idol this time out. Still, it drew just a fourth-place 83,108 viewers at 8:30 p.m., digging a death valley for itself between ABC's preceding Modern Family (228,548 viewers) and the network's following Off the Map (117,737), which edged NBC's sagging Law & Order: SVU for third place in the 9 p.m. hour.

Sunshine also ran fourth in its time slot among advertiser-craved 18-to-49-year-olds, unable to beat even the second half-hour of NBC's Minute to Win It. Fox4's local newscast was tops at 9 p.m. in the 18-to-49 demographic.

Over on KERA13, the James Taylor/Carole King-infused Troubadours special drew just 20,777 total viewers before the following Harry Connick, Jr. on Broadway special drooped to 13,851 viewers. That's disheartening. The 90-minute programs respectively aired under the umbrellas of American Masters and Great Performances.

Wednesday also marked the last day of the February "sweeps" ratings period, where CBS11 and Fox4 had the most to brag about when the final results came out Thursday.

In Wednesday's local news derby competitions, WFAA8 uncommonly ran the table at 10 p.m., topping the field in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming on most stations.

Fox4 again swept the 6 a.m. proceedings while CBS11 won at 6 p.m. in total viewers and tied Fox4 for first place with 25-to-54-year-olds.

At 5 p.m. Fox4, NBC5 and WFAA8 tied for the lead in total viewers, with NBC5 the gold medalist in the 25-to-54 demographic.