“Empire” is undoubtedly trending downward, but it’s still plenty big enough to top all rivals across Wednesday primetime — especially when so many of those are reruns.
The hip-hop soap opera led Fox to an easy first place finish in the key 18-49 demographic, though CBS topped total viewers.
Fox was first in ratings with a 2.4 rating/8 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 7 million, according to preliminary numbers. At 8 p.m., “Rosewood” had a 1.1/4 and 4.3 million viewers. “Empire” at 9 dipped two-tenths of a ratings point from last week to a 3.6, and ended up with 9.4 million viewers.
CBS was second in ratings with a 1.7/6 and first in viewers with 8.6 million. “Survivor” at 8 earned a 2.0/7 and 9.2 million viewers. “Criminal Minds” at 9 got a 1.7/6 and 9 million viewers. At 10, “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” received a 1.3/4 and 7.5 million viewers.
ABC was third in ratings with a 1.0/4 and in viewers with 4 million. Following four repeats, “Nashville” at 10 managed a 0.8/3 and 3.7 million viewers.
NBC was fourth in ratings with a 0.8/3 and in viewers with 3.9 million. “Heartbeat” at 8 posted a 0.8/3 and 4 million viewers. Reruns followed.
Univision and Telemundo tied for fifth in ratings, each with a 0.6/2. Univision was fifth in total viewers with 1.8 million, Telemundo was sixth with 1.3 million.
The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.3/1 and in viewers with 1 million, with just repeats.
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