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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs., Jan. 22) -- more high times for Fox/Fox4

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Continued strong ratings for American Idol and a solid premiere for Backstrom gave Fox/Fox4 another prime-time ratings sweep Thursday.

There’s an asterisk, though. CBS had two Big Bang Theory repeats in its mix, ABC burned off its last two-hour episode of The Taste and NBC punted with the series finales of two canceled sitcoms, Bad Judge and A to Z.

Still, Fox will take it.

Idol led off with 334,752 D-FW viewers to hold off Big Bang (265,012) and a new episode of CBS’ Mom (271,986) in the 7 p.m. hour.

Backstrom, starring Rainn Wilson as a very disagreeable detective, then pulled in 244,090 viewers to beat a first-run Two and a Half Men (209,220) and a second Big Bang rerun (195,272).

Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast held serve with a time slot-winning 216,194 viewers while CBS again came in second with a new episode of Elementary (160,402).

All three Fox/Fox4 hours also won among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds.

NBC’s 9 p.m. second-to-last episode of Parenthood, given no ratings help at all from the preceding A to Z, ran third in total viewers with 132,506 but beat Elementary for the No. 2 spot with 18-to-49-year-olds. Among the Big Four broadcast networks, ABC’s The Taste was Thursday’s worst prime-time performer in this key demographic. It averaged just 22,077 viewers in the 18-to-49 range.

Here are Thursday’s local news derby results.

CBS11 beat NBC5 by a sliver at 10 p.m. in total viewers, but the Peacock won among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 rang up another pair of 6 a.m. firsts and also swept the 5 p.m. competitions.

The 6 p.m. golds went to CBS11 in total viewers and Fox4 in the 25-to-54 demographic.

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