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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., Jan. 30) -- socko numbers for Fox/Fox4

Fox's American Idol remained a force Wednesday night, with its latest two-hour audition edition pummeling all competitors while also giving Fox4's 9 p.m. local news a big push.

Idol averaged 461,241 D-FW viewers from 7 to 9 p.m. and also ruled its roost among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds.

The second most-watched program opposite Idol, CBS' Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials, drew a nice-sized 234,063 total viewers in the 7 p.m. hour. On the eve of the four-week February "sweeps," CBS then punted with repeats of Criminal Minds and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

ABC alternated between repeats of The Middle, Modern Family and Nashville and new episodes of The Neighbors and Suburgatory. NBC was all-new all-night, but in the total viewers measurement did no better than third-place finishes by Whitney, Chicago Fire and the first half-hour of Law & Order: SVU.

Fox4's 9 p.m. newscast easily won its time slot with 254,715 total viewers while also romping with 18-to-49-year-olds.

In the cable universe, FX's launch of its critically acclaimed The Americans had 110,147 total viewers for an episode that stretched from 9 to 10:37 p.m. It was by far the network's most-watched program of the day or night after coming off a rather puny lead-in of 34,421 viewers for the closing 15 minutes of the movie Knight and Day.

Fox4 also had a big day in the four-way local news derby results. The station tied WFAA8 for the most viewers at 10 p.m. while winning outright among 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

Fox4 also again swept the 6 a.m. Nielsens and added a 6 p.m. win in the 25-to-54 demographic. It tied CBS11 for the most total viewers at 6 p.m.

The 5 p.m. golds went to NBC5 in both ratings measurements.