Ratings: ‘Empire’ Leads Fox to Win Quiet Wednesday

Premiere of ABC’s “Downward Dog” debuts soft with 1.1 rating

“Empire” has saved Fox once again on a quiet Wednesday night, leading the network to a ratings win — though another fourth-place finish in total viewers.

Like the previous Wednesday, CBS once again had the highest number of eyeballs, with 5.7 million total viewers.

Fox was first in ratings with a 1.5 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, but fourth in total viewers with an average of 4.7 million, according to preliminary numbers. “Shots Fired” at 8 p.m. was down a bit from last week with a 0.7 rating and 2.8 million viewers. At 9, “Empire” won the night with a 2.1 and 5.9 million viewers.

ABC was second in ratings with a 1.2 and third in viewers with 5.1 million. In the eight o’clock hour, “The Goldbergs” got a 1.4 and 5.4 million viewers and “Speechless” got a 1.2 and 4.5 million viewers. At 9, “Modern Family” got a 1.7 and won its timeslot in total viewers with 6.1 million. At 9:30, the premiere of “Downward Dog” got only a 1.1 and 4.7 million viewers. “Designated Survivor” at 10 got a 1.2 and 4.9 million viewers.

NBC was third in ratings with a 1.1 and second in viewers with 5.4 million. At 8, “Blindspot” rose from last week with a 0.9 rating and 4.4 million viewers. “Law & Order: SVU” held steady at 9 with a 1.1 rating and rose in viewers with 5.2 million. At 10, “Chicago PD” rose from last week and won its timeslot with 1.3 rating and 6.5 million.

CBS was fourth in ratings with a 1.0 but first in viewers with 4.5 million. “Survivor” won the 8 pm timeslot with a 1.6 and 8 million viewers, while at 9, “Criminal Minds” got a 0.7 and 5 million viewers. “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders,” which was recently canceled after two seasons, dipped to a 0.6 and 4 million viewers.

The CW was fifth in ratings with a 0.4 and in viewers with 1.1 million. “Arrow” at 8 had a 0.5 and 1.5 million viewers. At 9, “The 100” got a 0.3 and 882,000 viewers.