Ratings: ‘Empire’ Bounces Back to Avoid Hitting Another Low

Fox wins again this Wednesday with its hit hip-hop soap

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“Empire” recovered from matching an all-time (rounded) overall-eyeball low last week, handing Fox yet another Wednesday win.

CBS was a close second among total viewers, while ABC finished runner-up in the key 18-49 demographic.

Fox was first in ratings with a 2.6 rating/9 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 8 million, according to preliminary numbers. “Lethal Weapon” at 8 p.m. ET had a 1.9/7 and 6.7 million viewers. “Empire” at 9 earned a 3.4/11 and 9.3 million viewers.

ABC was second in ratings with a 1.8/6 and in third viewers with 6.6 million. “The Goldbergs” at 8 p.m. ET got a 1.8/7 and 6.4 million viewers. At 8:30, “Speechless” received a 1.8/6 and 6 million viewers. “Modern Family” at 9 scored a 2.4/8 and 7.5 million viewers. At 9:30, “Black-ish” posted a 1.8/6 and 5.9 million viewers. “Designated Survivor” at 10 landed a 1.6/6 and 7 million viewers.

CBS was third in ratings with a 1.6/6 and second in viewers with 7.8 million. “Survivor” at 8 p.m. ET put up a 2.0/7 and 9 million viewers. “Criminal Minds” at 9 had a 1.7/6 and 8.4 million viewers. “Code Black” at 10 got a 1.1/4 and 6 million viewers.

NBC was fourth in ratings with a 1.3/5 and in viewers with 5.8 million. “Blindspot” at 8 p.m. ET received a 1.1/4 and 5.4 million viewers. At 9, “Law & Order: SVU” had a 1.4/5 and 5.7 million viewers. “Chicago PD” at 10 got a 1.4/5 and 6.1 million viewers.

Telemundo was fifth in ratings with a 0.7/3 and sixth in viewers with 1.71 million.

Univision was sixth in ratings with a 0.6/2 and fifth in viewers with 1.73 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.5/2 and in viewers with 1.5 million. “Arrow” at 8 p.m. ET had a 0.7/3 and 2 million viewers. “Frequency” at 9 managed a 0.3/1 and 1.1 million viewers.