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Ratings: Cookie’s Nude Selfie Saga Powers ‘Empire,’ Fox to Wednesday Win

Taye Diggs’ mayoral bid helps hip-hop soap rise from last week

“Empire” rose versus last week for another Fox Wednesday win.

It probably didn’t hurt that one of the central themes in last night’s episode surrounded a hacked nude selfie of Taraji P. Henson’s character, Cookie Lyon. Also, Taye Diggs’ character announced that he would be running for mayor, heightening the drama and throwing a wrench in their budding relationship.

In non-“Empire” news, ABC was second in the key 18-49 demographic last night, while CBS finished runner-up in total viewers.

Fox was first in ratings with a 2.4 rating/8 share in the advertiser-coveted demo and in total viewers with an average of 7.5 million, according to preliminary numbers. “Lethal Weapon” at 8 p.m. had a 1.7/6 and 6.6 million viewers. At 9, “Empire” earned a 3.1/10 and 8.4 million viewers.

ABC was second in ratings with a 1.6/6 and third in viewers with 6 million. “The Goldbergs” at 8 put up a 1.8/7 and 6.4 million viewers. At 8:30, “Speechless” got a 1.6/6 and 5.7 million viewers. “Modern Family” at 9 scored a 2.2/7 and 7.3 million viewers. “Black-ish” at 9:30 posted a 1.6/5 and 5.6 million viewers. “Designated Survivor” at 10 received a 1.2/4 and 5.5 million viewers.

CBS was third in ratings with a 1.4/5 and second in viewers with 7.2 million. “Survivor” at 8 had a 1.8/6 and 8.5 million viewers. At 9, “Criminal Minds” got a 1.4/5 and 7.6 million viewers. “Code Black” at 10 received a 0.9/3 and 5.7 million viewers.

NBC was fourth in ratings with a 1.2/4 and in viewers with 5.7 million. “Blindspot” at 8 opened primetime to a 1.1/4 and 5 million viewers. At 9, “Chicago PD” followed with the same rating/share, and rose to 5.9 million viewers. A second-hour at 10 rose to a 1.3/5 and 6.4 million viewers.

Telemundo was fifth in ratings with a 0.7/2 and in viewers with 1.74 million.

Univision was sixth in ratings with a 0.6/2 and in viewers with 1.72 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.5/2 and in viewers with 1.4 million. “Arrow” at 8 had a 0.7/2 and 1.9 million viewers. At 9, “Frequency” managed a 0.3/1 and 999,000 viewers.

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