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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., March 11) -- ABC/NBC punt with reruns, giving Empire a free ride to more ratings gold

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Again fueled by Empire, Fox and Fox4 rocked prime-time Wednesday, although not quite as hard as usual given the minimal opposition.

ABC and NBC went wall-to-wall with repeats, save for an 8:30 p.m. black-ish blooper episode on the Alphabet network. CBS stood and fought with first-run hours of Survivor, Criminal Minds and CSI: Cyber.

Fox’s American Idol comfortably won at 7 p.m. with 292,908 D-FW viewers and 100,922 in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old demographic. Survivor was the runner-up with respective totals of 181,324 and 59,922 viewers.

Empire inflated to 411,466 total viewers in the 8 p.m. hour while Criminal Minds made a respectable showing with 299,882. But Fox’s midseason Cookie monster then punished Minds in the 18-to-49 realm, winning by a score of 204,997 viewers to 119,844.

At 9 p.m., Fox4’s local newscast notched another Wednesday win in a close fight among total viewers with CSI: Cyber. The news had 251,064 viewers while CSI: Cyber had 237,116. The gap widened among 18-to-49-year-olds, with Fox4 luring 97,768 of ‘em compared to CSI: Cyber’s 75,691.

A 9 p.m. Episode 1 repeat of ABC’s critically lauded American Crime dragged bottom with 55,792 total viewers and 25,230 in the 18-to-49 age range.

Here are Wednesday’s local news derby results.

Gannett8 trampolined off ABC’s lowly American Crime lead-in to draw the most total viewers at 10 p.m. Fox4 edged Gannett8 among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming.

Fox4 notched twin wins at 6 a.m. and also had the most 25-to-54-year-old viewers at both 5 and 6 p.m.

CBS11 led in total viewers at 6 p.m. and tied Fox4 for first in that measurement at 5 p.m.

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