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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., Feb. 25) -- Idol, Fox4 news roll through prime-time

Delayed a day by President Obama's address to Congress, Fox's American Idol missed no beats in thumping the competition with Wednesday's second 12-pronged performance show.

Idol amassed 504,868 D-FW viewers from 7 to 9 p.m., with CBS' Criminal Minds its only serious competitor (352,079 viewers in the 8 p.m. hour). But Idol beat Minds by a more than two-to-one margin among advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds.

Fox4's 9 p.m. local newscast, now in compatible HD following Idol, retained just enough juice to edge a competing new episode of CBS' CSI: NY. The score was 305,578 viewers to 298,935, with Fox4 winning by a considerably more comfortable margin among 18-to-49-year-olds -- 158,819 to 100,477.

ABC's Lost, which continues to be fantastic this season, nonetheless lagged at 8 p.m. with a third-place finish in total viewers (192,647) and a fourth-place showing (behind NBC's Life) among 18-to-49-year-olds.

In local news derby results, WFAA8 again prevailed at 10 p.m. in total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds, the key advertiser target audience for news programming.

NBC5 romped at 6 a.m., winning in both ratings measurements for the fourth straight weekday. Fox4's Good Day, counting down co-anchor Megan Henderson's final week in various "Megan Moments," again ran a relatively distant second. The gap was extra-large among 25-to-54-year-olds, with the Peacock drawing 103,200 viewers in this age range compared to Fox4's 60,706.

WFAA8 had twin wins at 6 p.m. and tied NBC5 for first in total viewers at 5 p.m. But the Peacock crowed at the earlier hour among 25-to-54-year-olds.