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Ratings: Fox Finishes Fourth in Viewers With a New ‘Empire’ for First Time Ever

Broadcast net still wins Wednesday in key 18-49 demographic

Fox topped the key 18-49 demographic Wednesday with a new “Empire,” though the network settled for fourth place among primetime’s total viewers. That’s the first time the broadcaster has finished last among the Big 4 on a night with an original episode of its hip-hop soap opera.

CBS was No. 1 among overall audience members, mostly thanks to “Survivor.”

Fox was first in ratings with a 1.6 rating/6 share in the advertiser-coveted demo, but fourth in total viewers with an average of 5 million, according to preliminary numbers. “Shots Fired” at 8 p.m. had a 0.9/4 and 3.6 million viewers. At 9, “Empire” put up a 2.2/8 and 6.3 million viewers — those were both series lows.

ABC was second in ratings with a 1.4/5 and second in viewers with 5.25 million. “The Goldbergs” at 8 got a 1.5/6 and 5.6 million viewers. At 8:30, “Speechless” received a 1.3/5 and 4.8 million viewers. “Modern Family” at 9 earned a 1.8/7 and 6.2 million viewers. At 9:30, “Black-ish” landed a 1.3/5 and 4.6 million viewers. “Designated Survivor” at 10 garnered a 1.1/4 and 5.2 million viewers.

CBS was third in ratings with a 1.2/5, but first in viewers with 6.7 million. “Survivor” at 8 scored a 1.7/7 and 8.3 million viewers. “Criminal Minds” at 9 had a 1.2/5 and 7 million viewers. At 10, “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” got a 0.8/3 and 4.7 million viewers.

NBC was fourth in ratings with a 1.1/4 and third in viewers with 5.21 million. “Blindspot” at 8 received a 0.9/4 and 4.3 million viewers. At 9, “Law & Order: SVU” posted a 1.1/4 and 4.9 million viewers. “Chicago PD” at 10 closed prime to a 1.3/5 and 6.4 million viewers.

Telemundo was fifth in ratings with a 0.6/2 and sixth in viewers with 1.4 million.

Univision was sixth in ratings with a 0.5/2 and fifth in viewers with 1.6 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.3/1 and in viewers with 962,000, airing just repeats.