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

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

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.