Ratings: ‘Empire’ Rises in Fall Finale, Fox Finishes First for Key Demo

Penultimate “Survivor” leads CBS atop primetime’s total viewers

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Fox broadcast just lost its direct development pipeline, but the network won Wednesday in Nielsen ratings among adults 18-49. So, there’s that. Last night, “Empire” and “Star” both rose in the key demographic with their fall finales.

Over on CBS, “Survivor’s” penultimate episode paved the way for a total-viewer victory, despite the so-called Tiffany Network airing repeats for the rest of primetime. The Eye with the most eyeballs finished third in the main demo.

Fox was first in ratings with a 1.6 rating/6 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 5.1 million, according to preliminary numbers. “Empire” at 8 p.m. put up a 1.9/8 and 5.9 million viewers. At 9, “Star” landed a 1.3/5 and 4.2 million viewers.

ABC was second in ratings with a 1.2/5 and third in viewers with 5 million. “The Goldbergs” at 8 had a 1.6/6 and 6.1 million viewers. At 8:30, “Speechless” got a 1.1/4 and 4.6 million viewers. “Modern Family” at 9 posted a 1.7/7 and 5.9 million viewers. At 9:30, “American Housewife” finished off the sitcom block with a 1.3/5 and 4.8 million viewers. “Designated Survivor” at 10 received a 0.8/3 and 4.4 million viewers.

CBS was third in ratings with a 1.0/4, but first in viewers with 5.8 million. “Survivor” at 8 boasted a 1.7/7 and 8.7 million viewers. Reruns followed.

NBC was fourth in ratings with a 0.8 and in viewers with 4.2 million. Following an encore, the network’s “Golden Globes 75th Anniversary Special” telecast had a 0.8/3 and 4.4 million viewers.

Univision was fifth in ratings with a 0.5/2 and in viewers with 1.5 million.

Telemundo and The CW tied for sixth in ratings, both with a 0.4. Telemundo had a 2 share, The CW got a 1. Telemundo was sixth in total viewers with 1.2 million, The CW was seventh with 1.1 million.

For The CW, “Riverdale” at 8 got a 0.5/2 and 1.4 million viewers. At 9, “Dynasty” managed a 0.2/1 and 721,000 viewers.