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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., Feb. 15) -- Idol calls the tune before CSI/Fox4 news top prime-time charts

Fox's two-hour edition of American Idol again ruled Wednesday's ratings roost while three competing series also had solid support.

Idol averaged 467,413 D-FW viewers from 7 to 9 p.m., with 204,947 of them in the advertiser-coveted 18-to-49 age range.

The return of CBS' Survivor ran second from 7 to 8 p.m. with a nice-sized 237,094 total viewers and 99,271 in the key demographic.

From 8 to 9 p.m., CBS' Criminal Minds had 291,286 total viewers while ABC's Modern Family had the top runner-up total of 147,306 in the 18-to-49 motherlode.

CBS' CSI: Crime Scene Investigation won at 9 p.m. in total viewers (257,416), but Fox4's Idol-aided local newscast edged CSI for the most 18-to-49-year-olds at that hour (73,653).

NBC's Rock Center with Brian Williams, in its new Wednesday 8 p.m. slot, was the night's least-watched show among the Big Four networks, with just 54,193 viewers. And ABC's 9 p.m. Revenge continued to slump with fourth place finishes in both ratings measurements.

In local news derby results, the four-week February "sweeps" reached the halfway point with CBS11 racking up another total viewers win at 10 p.m. It would now take an almost miraculous second half rally for WFAA8 to catch up and retain its November sweeps crown.

The 25-to-54 race remains air tight, though, with WFAA8 narrowly prevailing Wednesday. Just four-tenths of a rating point (12,038 viewers) separated D-FW's four major TV news providers in Wednesday's skirmish for the most viewers in the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

Fox4 and NBC5 tied for first place in both measurements at 6 a.m., with WFAA8 close behind and CBS11 again woefully out of the money.

WFAA8 ran the table at 5 p.m. and added a 6 p.m. win in total viewers. Fox4 had the 6 p.m. gold with 25-to-54-year-olds.