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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs., Jan. 7) -- triple shot of J Lo

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Glam on Fox’s American Idol, then glum on NBC’s new Shades of Blue, Jennifer Lopez tried her best to rock prime-time Thursday.

But CBS’ 7 p.m. episode of the The Big Bang Theory first got in the way, spanking the first half-hour of Idol with a dominant 439,109 total viewers and 161,961 in the advertiser-coveted coveted 18-to-49-year-old demographic.

Idol then won from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in total viewers, finishing with an overall average of 304,543 after a sluggish start. The final season of Fox’s game-changing singer search also took those 90 minutes among 18-to-49-year-olds, although the margin was paper-thin versus CBS’ competing 7:30 p.m. sitcom, Life in Pieces.

At 9 p.m., the premiere of the Lopez-starring Shades of Blue got nipped in total viewers by Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast. The score was 226,637 to 219,554. The two shows tied for first in the 18-to-49 measurement, drawing 73,041 apiece.

CBS’ 8:30 p.m. premiere of Jane Lynch’s Angel From Hell had 184,142 total viewers and 60,338 in the 18-to-49 age range. That put it third behind Idol and the second half of NBC’s competing The Blacklist.

The night’s biggest bomb, with a showing that might net it instant cancellation, was ABC’s two-hour premiere of My Diet Is Better Than Yours. If we’re talking starvation diet in the ratings, then yes. MDIBTY averaged a sub-measly 35,412 total viewers from 8 to 10 p.m., with just 12,703 in the 18-to-49 motherlode.

NBC’s return of Heroes Reborn was the runner-up in the least-watched competition among the Big Four broadcast networks. Its 7 p.m. episode had 70,824 total viewers and 22,230 in the 18-to-49 realm.

Here are Thursday’s local news derby results.

NBC5 won in total viewers at 10 p.m. while Fox4 had the most 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 again romped at 6 a.m., drawing more than twice as many viewers as its closest competitor (NBC5) in each ratings measurement. The 7 to 9 a.m. portion of Fox4’s Good Day also ran the table opposite the network morning shows on ABC, CBS and NBC.

NBC5, TEGNA8 and CBS11 tied for the most total viewers at 6 p.m., but TEGNA8 was alone on top with 25-to-54-year-olds.

At 5 p.m., NBC5 ran first in total viewers while Fox4 and TEGNA8 shared the 25-to-54-year-old gold.

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