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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., Feb. 29) -- Idol rises on leap day

Facing lesser competition and with two Texans among its 12 live-singing female finalists, Wednesday's two-hour American Idol had its way from 7 to 9 p.m.

Idol averaged 453,865 D-FW viewers, up from Tuesday's guy-centric 399,672. Its closest competition, ABC's 8 p.m. episode of Modern Family, had 284,512 viewers.

Idol also won wall-to-wall among advertiser-favored 18-to-49-year-olds, with Modern Family again finishing as Wednesday's runner-up in this key demographic.

At 9 p.m., Fox4's local newscast and CBS' CSI: Crime Scene Investigation tied in total viewers with 203,223 apiece. But Fox4 had a clear edge among 18-to-49-year-olds while ABC's slumping Revenge ran a distant fourth at that hour in both ratings measurements.

NBC had another mostly miserable night. Its Are You There, Chelsea? and Rock Center with Brian Williams ranked as Wednesday's least-watched Big Four broadcast network attractions with just 60,967 viewers each. Rock Center bottomed out even further with 18-to-49-year-olds, drawing a sub-measly 12,809 of 'em.

Wednesday also was the last day of the four-week February "sweeps" ratings period, and we'll have the complete results later today.

On Leap Day, CBS11 won at 10 p.m. in total viewers while Fox4 rose up with a win among 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

NBC5 muscled up to run the table at 6 a.m. while Fox4 did likewise at 5 p.m. The 6 p.m. golds went to WFAA8 in total viewers and Fox4 with 25-to-54-year-olds.