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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., Dec. 2) -- Empire's fall finale again juices Fox/Fox4 newscasts

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Local Fox affiliate stations, including D-FW’s Fox4, can be forgiven for going into mourning following Wednesday’s fall finale of Empire.

It’s not scheduled to return until March 30th. That’s a very long time to go without the most popular Fox prime-time series since American Idol was at full power.

The 8 p.m. episode of Empire drew 453,274 D-FW viewers and 209,596 in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old age range. Ratings have been on a bit of a decline in this second season. But Empire still soared above all other prime-time programming. On opposition networks, the runner-up Wednesday night in total viewers, CBS’ Criminal Minds, had 247,884 of them. The best showing among 18-to-49-year-olds was by ABC’s Modern Family (76,219).

Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast again benefited from Empire’s tailwind, easily winning its slot with 339,955 total viewers and 123,852 in the 18-to-49 realm.

CBS led off Wednesday night with Survivor drawing the most total viewers in the 7 p.m. hour (177,060). NBC’s competing Christmas in Rockefeller Center was tops with 18-to-49-year-olds (63,514).

Here are Wednesday’s local news derby results.

Fox4 kept the Empire momentum rolling at 10 p.m. with wins in total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

The station also ran first at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. in both ratings measurements. TEGNA8 logged Wednesday’s other sweep with a pair of 5 p.m. golds.

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