Ratings: ‘Star’ Slips 27 Percent Sans ‘Empire’

Fox had previewed its new music drama behind hip-hop soap last month

ABC’s winter “Match Game” premiered on Wednesday, helping the Disney-owned broadcaster preserve a primetime win in the key 18-49 demographic.

Really, it was “Modern Family” and “The Goldbergs” that led the way for the network, but the Alec Baldwin-hosted game show at least didn’t screw things up. CBS finished first among total viewers, with “Undercover Boss” and a pair of procedurals.

The story of the night may be Fox’s “Star,” however, which slipped 27 percent without a special “Empire” lead-in. That shouldn’t be wholly unexpected, as regular lead-in “Lethal Weapon” just can’t compare to Cookie Lyon’s world.

ABC was first in ratings with a 1.7 rating/6 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 5.94 million, according to preliminary numbers. “The Goldbergs” at 8 p.m. earned a 1.9/7 and 6.7 million viewers. At 8:30, “Speechless” posted a 1.7/6 and 5.7 million viewers. “Modern Family” at 9 scored a 2.3/8 and 7.5 million viewers. At 9:30, “Black-ish” put up a 1.7/6 and 5.9 million viewers. The “Match Game” season premiere at 10 had a 1.4/5 and 5.1 million viewers. A second episode at 10:30 got a 1.3/5 and 4.7 million viewers.

Fox was second in ratings with a 1.5/5, but fourth in viewers with 5.4 million. “Lethal Weapon” at 8 received a 1.4/5 and 6.1 million viewers. At 9, “Star” closed Fox’s prime to a 1.6/5 and 4.8 million viewers.

NBC was third in ratings with a 1.4/5 and in viewers with 5.89 million. “Blindspot” at 8 returned to a 1.1/4 and 5.2 million viewers. “Law & Order: SVU” at 9 had a 1.5/5 and 6.1 million viewers. At 10, “Chicago PD” got a 1.5/5 and 6.5 million viewers.

CBS was fourth in ratings with a 1.2/4, but first in viewers with 6.6 million. “Undercover Boss” at 8 received a 1.2/4 and 6.5 million viewers. At 9, “Criminal Minds” had a 1.3/4 and 7.2 million viewers. “Code Black” at 10 got a 1.0/3 and 6 million viewers.

Univision and Telemundo tied for fifth in ratings, both with a 0.7. Telemundo had a 3 share, Univision got a 2. Univision was fifth in total viewers with 1.9 million, Telemundo was sixth with 1.7 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.2/1 and in viewers with 753,000. Following a rerun, “Frequency” settled for a 0.2/1 and 698,000 viewers.