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Ratings: ‘Empire’ Audience Grows for Ninth Straight Week to 14.7 Million

Fox’s hip-hop soap opera ticks down one-tenth of a ratings point in key demo

“Empire” rose again in total viewers to 14.7 million, though it ticked down one-tenth of a ratings point in the key demo. That said, no one at its network or studio could possibly be disappointed by its gaudy 5.6, or the fact that Fox’s primetime 4.0 average doubled second-place CBS’s 2.0.

Fox also topped the night in total viewers, though the margin was not as dramatic.

Fox was first in ratings with a 4.0 rating/13 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 12 million, according to preliminary numbers. “American Idol” at 8 p.m. received a 2.3/8 and 9.3 million viewers. “Empire” at 9 scored night-highs of a 5.6/17 and 14.7 million viewers.

CBS was second in ratings with a 2.0/7 and in viewers with 9.8 million. “Survivor” at 8 got a 2.2/8 and 9.4 million viewers. “Criminal Minds” at 9 had a 2.1/6 and 10.4 million viewers. “CSI: Cyber” at 10 received a 1.8/6 and 9.7 million viewers.

ABC and Univision tied for third in ratings, both with a 1.1; ABC had a 4 share, Univision had a 3. ABC was fourth in viewers with 4 million, Univision was fifth with 2.9 million viewers.

For ABC, in between reruns, “Black-ish” bloopers at 9:30 posted a 1.5/4 and 4.6 million viewers.

NBC was fifth in ratings with a 0.8/3, but third in viewers with 4.4 million, airing entirely repeats.

Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.6/2 and in viewers with 1.5 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.4/1 and in viewers with 1.3 million. Following a rerun, “The 100” at 9 had a 0.4/1 and 1.3 million viewers.