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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., April 10) -- Fox, CBS again split spoils while NBC's Hannibal shows signs of dying off

Fox and CBS traded punches as usual in Wednesday’s first two hours of prime-time before NBC’s repeat of Hannibal went down for the count in the 9 p.m. hour.

American Idol’s latest two-hour performance show averaged 337,326 D-FW viewers, winning its first hour against CBS’ competing Survivor: Caramoan (254,715) but losing the second to CBS’ Criminal Minds (357,978). But Idol again was tops all night among advertiser-craved 18-to-49-year-olds.

CBS’ CSI: Crime Scene Investigation won at 9 p.m. with 309,789 total viewers while also prevailing in the 18-to-49 demographic. NBC’s Hannibal ran a distant fourth in that time slot with just 89,495 viewers and a measly 19,136 in the 18-to-49 age range. The Nielsen numbers were likewise dismal nationally, but NBC’s saving grace for now is that this was a rerun of the series premiere. Still, these are really bad numbers for a grisly drama whose opening night numbers last week were several cuts below the competition’s.

In Wednesday’s local news derby results, the firsts were shared by just two of the four competing stations.

CBS11 swept the 10 p.m. competitions in total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming. The station added a 6 p.m. win in total viewers.

Fox4 ran the table at both 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. while also taking the 6 p.m. gold among 25-to-54-year-olds.

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