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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., Feb. 25) -- business as usual, with Empire fueling another Fox/Fox4 sweep

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Fox’s Empire began with a bang Wednesday night, with Cookie telling her ex-husband Lucious, “You want Cookie’s nookie, you ditch the bitch.”

The pot as always kept stirring, to the tune of 411,466 D-FW viewers in the 8 p.m. hour. That again made Empire the most-watched show of the night, in both total viewers and advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds (227,074).

Fox also won in both ratings measurements with its 7 p.m. hour of American Idol -- 292,908 total viewers and 113,537 in the 18-to-49 demographic.

Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast then put the finishing touches on the night with runaway wins in both total viewers (306,856) and 18-to-49-year-olds (132,460).

CBS countered with its first-time, same-night combo of 90-minute Survivor and Amazing Race season premieres.

Survivor had 181,324 total viewers from 7 to 8:30 p.m., tying NBC’s The Mysteries of Laura for second place in its opening hour before being edged from 8 to 8:30 p.m. by ABC’s Modern Family (202,246).

Amazing Race fell to 139,480 viewers from 8:30 to 10 p.m. It was beaten by the closing half-hour of NBC’s Law & Order: SVU (202,246) and ran behind ABC’s runner-up Nashville (153,428) in the 9 p.m. hour.

Survivor also lost to Modern Family among 18-to-49-year-olds before Amazing Race ran fourth from 8:30 to 10 p.m. behind a mix of programming on Fox/Fox4, ABC and NBC.

Here are the local news derby results for the final weekday of the February “sweeps.” (Final sweeps results are coming later.)

Gannett8 ran a solid first at 10 p.m. in total viewers while Fox4 had a comfy win among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 also swept the 6 a.m. competitions and added 5 and 6 p.m. wins with 25-to-54-year-olds.

CBS11 had the most total viewers at 6 p.m. and NBC5 took the 5 p.m. gold in that measurement.

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