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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., April 14) -- Idol paces prime time; WFAA8 newscasts come up empty

The North Texas duo of Fort Worth's Casey James and Duncanville's Tim Urban survived a double-eviction Wednesday, putting both of them in American Idol's Final 7 to the tune of 434,323 D-FW viewers.

CBS' Criminal Minds (318,956 viewers) ran a solid second to Fox's Idol in the 8 p.m. hour, with nothing else close. FYI, Wednesday's Idol casualties were Andrew Garcia and Katie Stevens.

Fox also won at 7 p.m. with Human Target (176,444 viewers). Another edition of WFAA8's Good Morning Texas: After Dark was an afterthought with 27,145 viewers. That put it sixth in the 7 to 8 p.m. slot.

The 9 p.m. laurels went to CBS' CSI: NY (257,879 viewers), which held off Fox4's Idol-infused local newscast (223,948 viewers). But they tied for first with advertiser-favored 18-to-49-year-olds.

ABC's series finale of Ugly Betty, once one of prime-time's hottest shows, petered out with just 74,649 viewers in the 9 p.m. hour. On TXA21, the playoff-bound Dallas Mavericks' last regular season game -- a home win over San Antonio - averaged 135,726 viewers.

Wednesday's local news derby results were marked by a shutout for WFAA8, which usually records at least one win in the four competitions.

The 10 p.m. golds went to CBS11 in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

Fox4 and NBC5 tied for first place at 6 a.m. in both ratings measurements, with the Peacock sweeping the 5 p.m. competitions.

CBS11, lately looking solid at 6 p.m. as the May "sweeps" approach, ran the table with comfy wins in both measurements.