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Ratings: ‘Empire’ Bounces Back, NBC’s ‘SVU’ Drops Following ‘Mysteries of Laura’

Fox reclaims outright Wednesday win this week

“Empire” recovered on Wednesday, growing by two-tenths of a ratings point among the core 18-49 demographic one week after it slid 9 percent in the opposite direction. The dominant hip-hop soap opera led Fox to finish first outright on the night.

NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU” dropped 30 percent after last week’s “Voice”-induced sugar high. The Dick Wolf procedural followed “The Mysteries of Laura” again last night.

ABC was second in the main demo, but settled for fourth in total viewers.

Fox was first in ratings with a 2.9 rating/10 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 8 million, according to preliminary numbers. “Rosewood” at 8 p.m. had a 1.4/5 and 4.8 million viewers. “Empire” at 9 scored a 4.4/14 and 11.2 million viewers.

ABC was second in ratings with a 1.8/6, but fourth in viewers with 6.4 million. “The Middle” at 8 got a 2.0/7 and 7.9 million viewers. “The Goldbergs” at 8:30 posted a 2.2/7 and 7.1 million viewers. “Modern Family” at 9 earned a 2.8/9 and 8.4 million viewers. “Black-ish” at 9:30 received a 1.9/6 and 6.2 million viewers. “Nashville” finished primetime at 10 with a 1.0/4 and 4.4 million viewers.

CBS was third in ratings with a 1.6/5 and second in viewers with 7.8 million. “Survivor” at 8 had a 2.0/7 and 8.9 million viewers. “Criminal Minds” at 9 got a 1.5/5 and 8 million viewers. “Code Black” at 10 received a 1.2/4 and 6.5 million viewers.

NBC was fourth in ratings with a 1.3/4 and third in viewers with 6.7 million. “The Mysteries of Laura” at 8 had a 1.1/4 and 7.4 million viewers. “SVU” at 9 dropped to a 1.4/4 and 6.3 million viewers. “Chicago P.D.” followed with a 1.4/5 and 6.5 million viewers at 10 o’clock.

The CW was fifth in ratings with a 0.9/3 and in viewers with 2.2 million. “Arrow” at 8 got a 1.0/4 and 2.6 million viewers. “Supernatural” at 9 received a 0.7/2 and 1.8 million viewers.

Univision was sixth in ratings with a 0.8/3 and in viewers with 2.1 million.

Telemundo was seventh in ratings with a 0.6/2 and in viewers with 1.6 million.