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Ratings: ‘Empire’ Sinks to Series Lows in Second Episode Since Jussie Smollett Arrest

CBS ties Fox in key demo, tops everyone in total viewers

“Empire” sunk to series lows on Wednesday, one week after an already-rough midseason premiere. Those episodes marked the first two original hours of the Fox soap since star Jussie Smollett was arrested and charged with filing a false police report in Chicago.

Last night, “Empire” managed a 1.1 rating/6 share among adults 18-49 and 4 million total viewers. The drama’s previous series lows came on Halloween 2018, when the show drew a 1.2 demo rating and 4.2 million overall audience members.

The “Empire” midseason return a week ago tallied a 1.3 rating and 4.4 million viewers, per Nielsen, which means this follow-up episode slipped an additional 18 percent in the demo and 9 percent overall. As a result of those declines, CBS was able to tie Fox for first-place in primetime-ratings averages among adults 18-49. The “Survivor” home topped the evening in eyeballs of any age.

CBS and Fox tied for first in ratings, both with a 1.1 rating/5 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic. CBS was first in total viewers with an average of 6.3 million, according to preliminary numbers. Fox was fourth in total viewers with 3.6 million.

For CBS, “Survivor” from 8 p.m to 10 p.m. posted a 1.3/6 and 7 million viewers. “SEAL Team” at 10 had a 0.7/4 and 4.9 million viewers.

For Fox, after “Empire,” “Star” at 9 received a 1.0/4 and 3.2 million viewers.

ABC was third in ratings with a 0.9/4 and in viewers with 3.8 million. “The Goldbergs” at 8 put up a 1.2/6 and 4.5 million viewers. At 8:30, “Schooled” had a 0.9/4 and 3.6 million viewers. “Modern Family” at 9 got a 1.1/5 and 4.3 million viewers. “Single Parents” at 9:30 received a 0.7/3 and 3.1 million viewers. At 10, drama “Whiskey Cavalier” closed primetime to a 0.6/3 and 3.7 million viewers.

NBC was fourth in ratings with a 0.8/4, but second in viewers with 5.1 million. A “Voice” recap from 8 to 10 averaged a 1.0/5 and 6 million viewers. A Michael Buble special at 10 had a 0.5/2 and 3.3 million viewers.

Univision was fifth in ratings with a 0.4/2 and in viewers with 1.2 million.

Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.4/2 and in viewers with 1.1 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.2/1 and in viewers with 692,000. The “Riverdale” musical episode at 8 got a 0.3/1 and 832,000 viewers. At 9, the “All American” season finale received a 0.2/1 and 552,000 viewers.