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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs., March 24) -- Idol sets the prime-time pace while also propelling Fox4's news

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Sunnyvale’s Dalton Rapattoni climbed another rung into American Idol’s Final Four Thursday night. And while the show is no longer a blockbuster, the ratings were still strong enough to lead all prime-time programming.

Idol drew 276,214 D-FW viewers in the 7 to 9 p.m. slot while also winning the night with 111,150 viewers in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old demographic.

Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast then won its hour with 191,225 total viewers and 69,865 in the 18-to-49 age range.

Over on CBS and TBS, the NCAA basketball tournament’s Sweet 16 got underway with four one-sided games. Oklahoma’s thrashing of Texas A&M on TBS and Kansas’ decisive win over Maryland on CBS drew the biggest overall crowds with roughly 141,648 total viewers apiece. But Kansas-Maryland had the edge among 18-to-49-year-olds.

ABC’s 9 p.m. premiere of The Catch drew 148,730 total viewers and 44,460 within the 18-to-49 motherlode. Those were good enough for respective second and third place finishes from 9 to 10 p.m..

NBC’s 7 p.m. second-to-last episode of You, Me and the Apocalypse again played dead with just 42,494 total viewers and 12,703 in the 18-to-49 realm.

Here are Thursday’s local news derby results, with CBS11 counted out by NCAA hoops at both 6 and 10 p.m.

TEGNA8 won the three-way 10 p.m. race in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 rolled at 6 a.m. with twin wins, beat all of the network morning shows with its 7 to 9 a.m. portion of Good Day and also swept the 5 p.m. competitions.

TEGNA8 likewise ran the table at 6 p.m.

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