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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., Sept. 23) -- return of Empire fuels Fox/Fox4 sweep

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Off to a very slow ratings start with newcomers Minority Report and Scream Queens, Fox re-lit its fuse Wednesday night with the Season 2 premiere of Empire.

It dominated D-FW’s prime-time landscape with 530,024 viewers and 268,073 in the advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-old demographic. No other show hit even half those hauls.

Fox’s 7 p.m. premiere of Rosewood also benefited, winning its time slot with 313,830 total viewers and 135,613 in the 18-to-49 realm. Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast made it a threesome with first-place totals of 292,908 viewers and 132,460 in the 18-to-49 motherlode.

The 90-minute return of CBS’ Survivor took the runner-up spot from 7 to 8:30 p.m. with 216,194 total viewers. Among 18-to-49-year-olds, Survivor ran second from 7 to 8 p.m. before being edged by ABC’s season premiere of Modern Family from 8 to 8:30 p.m. In the Big Four broadcast network competitions, ABC’s 9 p.m. new season debut of Nashville fared poorest among 18-to-49-year-olds with 31,538. Nashville also had the fewest total viewers (104,610) of any prime-time attraction.

The late night arena continued to be dominated by Jimmy Fallon, who drew three times as many total viewers as Stephen Colbert and more than twice as many 18-to-49-year-olds.

Over on Fox Sports Southwest, the soaring first-place Texas Rangers thumped Oakland in a late night game that averaged 132,506 total viewers.

Here are Wednesday’s local news derby results.

Fox4 added to its bounteous feast by sweeping the 10 p.m. competitions in total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming). The station also notched another pair of 6 a.m. wins and drew the most 25-to-54-year-olds at 6 p.m.

NBC5 otherwise held the power, running the table at 5 p.m. and winning in total viewers at 6 p.m.

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