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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., Jan. 6) -- Idol pops for Fox

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Wednesday’s final season premiere of Fox’s American Idol pretty much performed like its old self in the D-FW Nielsen ratings.

It dominated the 7 to 9 p.m. slot in total viewers with 375,367. Idol also won from start to stop among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, but not without a strong fight from ABC’s Modern Family from 8 to 8:30 p.m. Final score: Idol, 130,204 viewers in this key demographic and Modern Family, 120,677. Idol averaged 133,380 viewers in the 18-to-49 realm for its entire two hours.

Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast benefited from the largesse, but barely beat NBC’s competing Chicago P.D. by a total viewers count of 254,966 to 247,884. The two shows tied for the 9 p.m. top spot among 18-to-49-year-olds.

CBS’ annual two-hour People’s Choice Awards, virtually the last place where the Big Four broadcast networks can walk away with a lion’s share of the awards, drew 141,648 total viewers and 60,338 in the 18-to-49 demographic. That was enough to beat ABC’s 9 p.m. Season 2 premiere of the exemplary American Crime, which struggled with respective totals of 113,318 and 38,108 viewers.

Here are Wednesday’s local news derby results.

NBC5 drew the most total viewers at 10 p.m. and tied for first place with Fox4 among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 again swept the 6 a.m. competitions while NBC5 ran the table at 6 p.m. The 5 p.m. spoils were shared by the Peacock in total viewers and Fox4 in the 25-to-54 age range.

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