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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., March 13) -- mixed results for Empire's return

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Fox’s Empire and its embattled co-star, Jussie Smollett, made their mid-season returns Wednesday at audience levels far below the show’s glory seasons.

Airing in the 7 p.m. hour, Empire drew 126,527 D-FW viewers, decisively losing its time slot to CBS’ Survivor (196,820 viewers).

Empire fared better among advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds, winning at 7 p.m. with a less than imposing 54,346 viewers. That was good enough to share the overall 18-to-49 crown with ABC’s Modern Family and Fox’s Star. Smollett, who has pled not guilty to charges that he faked a hate crime in Chicago, will not appear in Empire’s closing two episodes this season.

Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast drew bigger overall crowds than either Empire or Star, pulling in 196,820 total viewers. The newscast also won the 9 p.m. hour among 18-to-49ers, but fell short of Fox’s two lead-in dramas in that key demographic.

Here are Wednesday’s four-way local news derby results.

CBS11 led in total viewers at 10 p.m. while Fox4 was tops with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 also swept the 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. competitions, and WFAA8 did likewise at 6 p.m.

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