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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., April 25) -- Rangers-Yanks fall shy of Idol

A Yu Darvish start Wednesday night probably would have been too much for American Idol to handle.

But the Texas Rangers instead had Scott Feldman and an assembly line of relievers, with a 7-3 win against the big-draw Yankees not quite enough to top the night's Nielsens.

Rangers-Yankees on Fox Sports Southwest overall averaged another very nice-sized crowd of 352,253 D-FW viewers, with 298,060 in the 7 to 9 p.m. slot directly opposite Fox's Idol (365,801 viewers). CBS' 7 p.m. hour of Survivor likewise edged that portion of the Rangers game, by a score of 243,868 to 237,094.

But Rangers-Yanks easily had larger peak crowds than anything else Wednesday, swelling to 474,187 viewers between both 9:15 and 9:30 p.m. and 9:45 to 10 p.m.

Among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, the Rangers beat everything except Idol -- including Survivor.

In local news derby results, the last before Thursday's start of the May "sweeps" ratings period, WFAA8 rolled up a pair of 10 p.m. wins in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

Fox4 reasserted itself with a sweep of the 6 a.m. competitions while also placing first at 5 and 6 p.m. among 25-to-54-year-olds. CBS11 had the most total viewers at 6 p.m. and NBC5 and WFAA8 tied for the top spot in that measurement at 5 p.m.