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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed.-Thurs., Jan. 20-21) -- Idol still a gamer

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A weekly double dose of American Idol remains the best path to ratings wins for Fox.

Thursday’s two-hour edition averaged 297,461 D-FW viewers, beating all competing programming except CBS’ 7 p.m. repeat of The Big Bang Theory (283,296 viewers vs. Idol’s 269,131 in its first half-hour).

Idol also mostly won among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, averaging 95,271 for the full two hours. CBS’ new episode of Life In Pieces won from 7:30 to 8 p.m. with 107,974 viewers in the 18-to-49 age range.

Meanwhile, TEGNA8 management cheered the merciful 8 to 10 p.m. series finale of My Diet Is Better Than Yours, which has been feeding its 10 p.m. newscasts ratings gruel. Thursday’s edition was no exception, with Diet drawing just 49,577 total viewers and 19,054 in the 18-to-49 demographic.

In contrast, Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast fed off Idol and easily won the hour with 254,966 total viewers and 79,393 in the 18-to-49 realm.

Fox’s 7 p.m. hour of Idol led Wednesday’s prime-time parade in both total viewers (311,626) and 18-to-49-year-olds (82,568). The network’s second episode of Second Chance fell to respective totals of 155,813 and 53,987. That put it second in the 8 p.m. hour behind CBS’ Criminal Minds, which had 262,049 total viewers and 85,744 in the 18-to-49 measurement.

Fox4’s local news and CBS’ Code Black tied for the most total viewers at 9 p.m. (155,813 apiece) while Code Black won outright with 18-to-49-year-olds (50,811).

Here are the local news derby results.

Wednesday -- TEGNA8 and CBS11 tied for the most total viewers at 10 p.m., but Fox4 had the edge among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 again swept the 6 a.m. competitions and also won with 25-to-54-year-olds at both 5 and 6 p.m. NBC5 had the most total viewers at 5 p.m. and TEGNA8 won in that measurement at 6 p.m.

Thursday - NBC5 scored twin wins at 10 p.m. and Fox4 did likewise at 6 a.m.

The 6 p.m. golds went to CBS11 in total viewers and the Peacock with 25-to-54-year-olds. The two stations traded places at 5 p.m., with NBC5 tops in total viewers and CBS11 ranking first among 25-to-54-year-olds.

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