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Ratings: Fox Sinks in Week Between ‘Masked Singer’ Finale and ‘Empire’ Return

Season finale of Gordon Ramsay’s ”24 Hours to Hell and Back“ can’t do it alone

Fox isn’t used to having a weak Wednesday in TV ratings, but the network programmed an off-week (of sorts) between its “Masked Singer” season finale and the return of “Empire.” That doesn’t mean there was nothing new to watch there: Fox aired the season finale of Gordon Ramsay’s “24 Hours to Hell and Back” last night — it just didn’t do so great.

Doing it alone, Fox’s primetime lineup settled for third place in the key ratings demographic and fourth in terms of total viewers. And if NBC hadn’t programmed all reruns, Fox would have been last among the Big 4 broadcasters in both main Nielsen metrics.

ABC was first in ratings with a 1.2 rating/6 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 7 million, according to preliminary numbers. “American Idol” from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. had a 1.4/6 and 7.8 million viewers. “Whiskey Cavalier” at 10 got a 0.9/4 and 5.3 million viewers.

CBS was second in ratings with a 0.9/4 and in viewers with 4.385 million. “Survivor” at 8 landed a 1.5/7 and 7.3 million viewers. From 9 to 11, “The World’s Best” managed a 0.6/3 and 2.9 million viewers.

Fox was third in ratings with a 0.8/3 and fourth in viewers with 2.7 million. Two hours of “24 Hours” filled Fox’s primetime schedule, averaging those numbers.

NBC was fourth in ratings with a 0.6/3 and third in viewers with 4.384 million, airing all reruns.

Univision was fifth in ratings with a 0.5/2 and in viewers with 1.4 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 774,000. “Rivderdale” at 8 — the first episode since Luke Perry’s passing — had a 0.3/1 and 964,000 viewers. “All American” at 9 got a 0.2/1 and 584,000 viewers.