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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues.-Wed., Jan. 27-28) -- Empire rules again

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Thursday mornings are still sunshine and lollipops for Fox, which is treated to the sweet ratings returns for Empire.

Wednesday’s Episode 4 again ruled with both the night’s biggest haul of D-FW viewers (418,440) and the most advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds (220,766).

ABC and NBC both made it easier with reruns in the 8 p.m. hour. But in previous weeks, Empire has been beating their first-run programming anyway. A new episode of CBS’ Criminal Minds again ran second at 8 p.m. with 306,856 total viewers and 94,614 in the 18-to-49 demographic.

Fox also easily won the 7 p.m. hour with American Idol’s 334,752 total viewers and 116,691 in the 18-to-49 realm. Fox4’s local newscast then cleaned up at 9 p.m. with respective winning totals of 244,090 and 97,768 viewers.

Tuesday also provided a prime-time mix of first-runs and reruns. CBS’ won from start to stop in total viewers with reprises of NCIS and NCIS: New Orleans and a new episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. The winners in the 18-to-49 demographic were NCIS, NCIS: New Orleans and Fox4’s 9 p.m.local news.

ABC’s new 8 p.m. episode of Marvel’s Agent Carter managed an overall second place finish among total viewers in that time slot while falling to the No. 3 spot with 18-to-49-year-olds.

Here are the local news derby results.

Tuesday -- Gannett8 had the most total viewers at 10 p.m. and tied Fox4 for the top spot among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

NBC5 uncommonly notched a pair of twin wins at 6 a.m. while Fox4 ran the table at 5 p.m. The 6 p.m. golds went to CBS11 in total viewers and Fox4 with 25-to-54-year-olds.

Wednesday -- CBS11 won at 10 p.m. in total viewers but Fox4 ran first among 25-to-54-year-olds while CBS11 fell to fourth.

Fox4 returned to the top at 6 a.m. with twin wins and also had the most 25-to-54-year-olds at both 5 and 6 p.m. Gannett8 ran first in total viewers at 5 and 6 p.m.

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