Ratings: Jussie Smollett’s Final Season 5 Episode Ties Series Low for ‘Empire’

Luke Perry’s final “Riverdale” episode recovers a bit among adults 18-49 from last week

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Jussie Smollett’s final episode of “Empire” Season 5 (and possibly his last episode ever) aired Wednesday night on Fox, tying the knot for Jamal (Smollett) and Kai (Toby Onwumere) and tying the hip-hop drama’s series low among adults in the sought-after 18-49 demographic.

Coming in with the 1.1 rating the series has been hovering around since it first hit its low last month with the second episode to air after Smollett’s arrest, “Empire” tied with “Chicago Fire” as the No. 2 show of the night in the key demo, with Wednesday’s winner being CBS’ “Survivor.”

Over on The CW’s primetime block, the episode of “Riverdale” featuring the late Luke Perry’s final scenes ticked up from last week’s hour among the 18-49 crowd.

NBC, CBS and Fox tied for first in ratings, each with a 1.0 rating/5 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic. NBC was first in viewers with 7.6 million, CBS was second with 5.3 million, and Fox was third with 3.4 million.

For NBC, “Chicago Med” at 8 p.m. had a 1.0/5 and 7.7 million viewers. At 9 p.m., “Chicago Fire” put up a 1.1/5 and 8 million viewers. At 10 p.m., “Chicago P.D.” scored a 1.0/5 and 7 million viewers.

For CBS, “Survivor” at 8 p.m. landed a 1.4/7 and 7.3 million viewers. At 9 p.m., “The Amazing Race” stuck a 1.0/5 and 4.8 million viewers. At 10 p.m., “SEAL Team” took a 0.7/3 and 3.9 million viewers.

For Fox, “Empire” at 8 p.m. had a 1.1/6 and 3.8 million viewers. At 9 p.m., “Star” closed primetime with a 0.9/4 and 3.1 million viewers.

Telemundo was fourth in ratings with a 0.6/3 and fifth in viewers with 1.6 million.

ABC was fifth in ratings with a 0.5/2 and fourth in viewers with 2.6 million. After two hours of back-to-back comedy reruns, “Whiskey Cavalier” at 10 p.m. managed a 0.4/2 and 2.5 million viewers.

Univision was sixth in ratings with a 0.3/2 and in viewers with 1.2 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.2/1 and in viewers with 651,000 viewers. At 8 p.m., “Riverdale” received a 0.3/1 and 756,000 viewers. At 9 p.m., “Jane the Virgin” had a 0.2/1 and 545,000 viewers.