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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon., Feb. 7) -- tough start for Chicago Code

Despite a big Super Bowl buildup, Fox's Monday night launch of The Chicago Code came up limp, particularly with advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds.

The cops 'n' corruption drama from the creator of The Shield drew 207,771 D-FW viewers to rank third in the 8 p.m. hour behind CBS' Two and a Half Men (332,434 viewers), the second hour of ABC's The Bachelor (277,028) and CBS' Mike & Molly (263,177).

Chicago Code slipped to a distant fourth place tie with 18-to-49-year-olds, though, matching the audience for The CW's Gossip Girl while trailing NBC's The Cape, which already is pretty much a dead issue.

Fox4's 9 p.m. local newscast rebounded back up to 242,400 total viewers, matching the audience for Fox's 7 p.m. new episode of House. Worse yet for Chicago Code, the local news had more than twice as many 18-to-49-year-olds viewers.

After a surprisingly strong start last month, NBC's Harry's Law faded to the fourth spot at 9 p.m. in both total viewers and 18-to-49-year-olds.

In local news derby results, the third weeknight of the four-week February "sweeps" also meant a third straight 10 p.m. win in total viewers for CBS11. But Fox4 again had stunning numbers among 25-to-54-yeer-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming. It won for the second time in three outings, edging CBS11.

Fox4 and NBC5 tied for the top spot at 6 a.m. in total viewers while Fox4 had the 25-to-54 gold to itself by a comfy margin over the Peacock.

CBS11 continued its strong performance at 6 p.m. with a first place finish in total viewers. Fox4 topped the field with 25-to-54-year-olds, though.

NBC5 won at 5 p.m. in total viewers while sharing the 25-to-54 spoils with Fox4.