Ratings: ‘Empire’ Recovers for Fox Wednesday Win

“Black-ish” and “Criminal Minds” season finales grow from last week

Ah, that’s more like it. Fox’s “Empire” had a much better showing last night than it did the prior Wednesday, growing by nearly 17 percent in the key 18-49 demographic. That handed Fox first place in the main TV ratings demo, though the broadcaster still settled for fourth place among total viewers.

CBS finished one-tenth of a ratings point behind Fox last night, but comfortably topped its competition in overall eyeballs. Some growth from the season finale of “Criminal Minds” helped widen the gap there.

ABC’s “Black-ish” also rose week over week with its own season-ending episode, helping the Disney-owned network earn bronze in the demo and silver in general tune-in.

Fox was first in ratings with a 1.5 rating/6 share in the advertiser-coveted demographic, but fourth in total viewers with an average of 4.7 million, according to preliminary numbers. “Shots Fired” at 8 p.m. had a 0.8/3 and 3.1 million viewers. At 9, “Empire” earned a 2.1/8 and 6.3 million viewers.

CBS was second in ratings with a 1.4/5 and first in viewers with 7 million. “Survivor” at 8 scored a 1.7/7 and 8.2 million viewers. At 9, “Criminal Minds” got a 1.5/6 and 8 million viewers. Spinoff “Beyond Borders” at 10 received a 0.8/3 and 4.9 million viewers.

ABC was third in ratings with a 1.2/5 and second in viewers with 5 million. “The Goldbergs” at 8 had a 1.3/6 and 5.2 million viewers. At 8:30, “Speechless” got a 1.0/4 and 4.3 million viewers. “Modern Family” at 9 posted a 1.5/6 and 5.6 million viewers. At 9:30, “Black-ish” put up a 1.3/5 and 4.7 million viewers. “Designated Survivor” at 10 landed a 1.0/4 and 4.9 million viewers.

NBC was fourth in ratings with a 1.0/4 and third in viewers with 4.9 million. “Blindspot” at 8 had a 0.8/3 and 3.9 million viewers. At 9, “Law & Order: SVU” got a 1.1/4 and 4.8 million viewers. “Chicago PD” at 10 received a 1.2/5 and 6.1 million viewers.

Univision was fifth in ratings with a 0.5/2 and in viewers with 1.4 million.

The CW was sixth in ratings with a 0.4/2 and in viewers with 1.3 million. “Arrow” at 8 had a 0.6/2 and 1.6 million viewers. At 9, “The 100” got a 0.3/1 and 872,000 viewers.

Telemundo was seventh in ratings with a 0.3/1 and in viewers with 891,000.