Ratings: ‘The Blacklist’ Audience Grows With Shocking Character Death

“Empire” hands Fox another Wednesday demo win

“The Blacklist” stunned its fans on Wednesday, when the show killed off a key character. Combined with big gains for 10 p.m. series “Chicago PD,” NBC actually didn’t finish that far off of CBS’ total-viewer tally, which set the pace for primetime.

Fox was first in ratings with a 1.6 rating/6 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, but third in total viewers with an average of 4.9 million, according to preliminary numbers. “Empire” at 8 earned a 2.0/8 and 6.1 million viewers. At 9, “Star” received a 1.2/5 and 3.8 million viewers.

CBS was second in ratings with a 1.3/5 and first in viewers with 7.2 million. “Survivor” at 8 posted a 1.7/7 and 8.7 million viewers. At 9, “SEAL Team” put up a 1.1/4 and 7.2 million viewers. “Criminal Minds” at 10 had a 1.0/4 and 5.6 million viewers.

NBC and ABC tied for third in ratings, both with a 1.2/5. NBC was second in total viewers with 6.6 million, ABC was fourth with 4.8 million.

For NBC, “The Blacklist” at 8 got a 0.9/4 and 5.9 million viewers. At 9, “The Voice” landed a 1.4/5 and 7.7 million viewers. “Chicago PD” at 10 rose 33 percent from last week to a 1.2/5 — the show closed out primetime with 6.4 million viewers.

For ABC, “The Goldbergs” at 8 got a 1.4/6 and 5.6 million viewers. At 8:30, “Speechless” had a 1.1/4 and 4.4 million viewers. “Modern Family” at 9 received a 1.7/6 and 6 million viewers. At 9:30, “American Housewife” finished the Disney-owned network’s comedy block to a 1.3/5 and 4.9 million viewers.

Univision and Telemundo tied for fifth in ratings, both with a 0.5/2. Univision was fifth in total viewers with 1.5 million, Telemundo was sixth with 1.3 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.3/1 and in viewers with 1 million. “Riverdale” at 8 had a 0.5/2 and 1.4 million viewers. At 9, “Dynasty” got a 0.2/1 and 655,000 viewers.