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Ratings: ‘Empire’ Returns From World Series Hiatus for Another Fox Wednesday Win

Though CBS came dangerously close among total viewers

After a highly unpredictable Tuesday, America returned to some semblance of normalcy last night.

“Empire” and Fox topped primetime once-again, though CBS came dangerously close among total viewers. The hip-hop soap opera was on hiatus last week for the instant-classic World Series Game 7.

Fox was first in ratings with a 2.3 rating/8 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 7.6 million, according to preliminary numbers. “Lethal Weapon” at 8 p.m. put up a 1.8/6 and 7 million viewers. At 9, “Empire” scored a 2.9/9 and 8.1 million viewers.

ABC was second in ratings with a 1.7/6 and third in viewers with 5.9 million. “The Goldbergs” at 8 had a 2.0/7 and 6.4 million viewers. At 8:30, “Speechless” got a 1.7/6 and 5.6 million viewers. “Modern Family” at 9 posted a 2.3/7 and 7.2 million viewers. At 9:30, “Black-ish” landed a 1.6/5 and 5.3 million viewers. “Designated Survivor” at 10 received a 1.2/4 and 5.6 million viewers.

CBS was third in ratings with a 1.4/5 and second in viewers with 7.4 million. “Survivor” at 8 earned a 1.9/7 and 8.8 million viewers. At 9, “Criminal Minds” had a 1.3/4 and 7.3 million viewers. “Code Black” at 10 got a 0.9/3 and 6 million viewers.

NBC was fourth in ratings with a 1.2/4 and in viewers with 5.4 million. “Blindspot” at 8 received a 1.0/4 and 4.9 million viewers. At 9, “Law & Order: SVU” had a 1.3/4 and 5.5 million viewers. “Chicago PD” at 10 got a 1.3/5 and 5.7 million viewers.

Telemundo was fifth in ratings with a 0.7/2 and sixth in viewers with 1.76 million.

Univision was sixth in ratings with a 0.6/2 and in viewers with 1.78 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.5/2 and in viewers with 1.5 million. “Arrow” at 8 managed a 0.7/2 and 2 million viewers. At 9, “Frequency” settled for a 0.3/1 and 1.1 million viewers.