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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., Feb. 6) -- Idol wins one, loses one

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American Idol's first "Hollywood round" made a potent showing in Wednesday's D-FW Nielsens. But "super-potent" no longer seems to apply.

The onetime Fox steamroller averaged 371,747 viewers from 7 to 9 p.m. That was good enough to win the 7 p.m. hour, in part because CBS offered only token resistance with a Person of Interest rerun. But from 8 to 9 p.m., CBS' new episode of Criminal Minds beat Idol by a score of 371,747 to 351,094 viewers (Idol's first hour had 385,515 viewers before Hour 2 slumped a bit.)

Idol still won easily among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, though, with ABC's comedy lineup of The Middle, The Neighbors and Modern Family the runner-up from 7 to 8:30 p.m. before the second half of Person of Interest took the 18-to-49 silver.

At 9 p.m., CBS' CSI: Crime Scene Investigation ran first in total viewers while barely finishing behind ABC's Nashville, Fox4's local newscast and NBC's Chicago Fire in the 18-to-49 demographic. Those three programs tied for first.

Over on Fox Sports Southwest, the Dallas Mavericks' comeback home win against Portland had just 55,074 total viewers. Being a long shot for a playoff spot hasn't been good at all for the Mavs' ratings this season.

Here are the local news derby results for the fifth weekday of the ongoing February "sweeps."

CBS11 took the top spot in total viewers at 10 p.m. but again couldn't hold serve with 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming. WFAA8 instead topped that measurement by a comfy margin.

Fox4 remained dominant at 6 a.m. with another doubleheader win. Showing some sustained signs of life, CBS11 edged NBC5 for third place in total viewers and was close to the third-place Peacock in the 25-to-54 demographic.

NBC5 rebounded with a sweep at 5 p.m., the only time period where it has run strong in the early going.

CBS11 won at 6 p.m. in total viewers while Fox4 ran first with 25-to-54-year-olds.