Ratings: ‘Law & Order: SVU’ Soars 33 Percent Against ‘Empire’

Procedural traded out “Mysteries of Laura” lead-in for “Voice” results show


NBC topped Fox in total viewers on Wednesday, an uncommon claim in the days of “Empire.” Fox still finished first in the key advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, and “Empire” was the top show across primetime by both main metrics.

For NBC, “Law & Order: SVU” rose 33 percent in the main demo versus last week. That boost can be attributed at least partially to its new lead-in, “The Voice” results show, which draws better numbers than “The Mysteries of Laura.” Even “Chicago P.D.” at 10 p.m. ET earned a double-digit boost.

“SVU” has also been having a hot season, and that should not be completely overlooked.

Fox was first in ratings with a 2.8 rating/9 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 8.2 million, according to preliminary numbers. “Rosewood” at 8 p.m. had a 1.4/5 and 5.2 million viewers. “Empire” at 9 earned a 4.2/13 and 11.1 million viewers.

NBC was second in ratings with a 2.0/6 and first in viewers with 8.3 million. “The Voice” results show at 8 p.m. posted a 2.4/8 and 10.2 million viewers. “SVU” at 9 landed a 2.0/6 and 7.9 million viewers. “Chicago P.D.” at 10 rose to a 1.6/5 and 6.8 million viewers.

ABC was third in ratings with a 1.8/6 and fourth in viewers with 6.3 million. “The Middle” at 8 pm. had a 2.0/7 and 7.6 million viewers. “The Goldbergs” at 8:30 got a 2.1/7 and 7 million viewers. “Modern Family” at 9 posted a 2.7/8 and 8.1 million viewers. “Black-ish” at 9:30 received a 1.9/6 and 6 million viewers. “Nashville” at 10 dipped to a 1.0/3 and 4.6 million viewers.

CBS was fourth in ratings with a 1.6/5 and third in viewers with 8.1 million. “Survivor” at 8 p.m. had a 2.1/7 and 8.9 million viewers. “Criminal Minds” at 9 got a 1.6/5 and 8.4 million viewers. “Code Black” at 10 received a 1.3/4 and 6.9 million viewers.

Univision and the CW tied for fifth in ratings, both with a 0.8/3. Univision was fifth in total viewers with 2.1 million viewers; CW was sixth with 2 million.

For the CW, “Arrow” at 8 slipped 18 percent to a 0.9/3, with 2.3 million viewers. “Supernatural” at 9 fell 17 percent to a 0.7/2, along with 1.7 million viewers.

Telemundo was seventh in ratings with a 0.7/2 and in viewers with 1.8 million.