Ratings: David Boreanaz’s ‘SEAL Team’ Premiere Captures Most Viewers

Fox’s “Empire” led the way on Wednesday in target demo

CBS’ “SEAL Team” series premiere was Wednesday’s most-watched show, as the David Boreanaz-led drama helped the network win the night in total viewers.

Meanwhile, Fox’s “Empire” led the way in adults ages 18 to 49 and lifted “Star,” in its new time slot, to higher numbers than its Season 1 finale.

Fox was first in ratings with a 2.1 rating/8 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 6.2 million, according to preliminary numbers. “Empire” at 8 p.m. received at a 2.4/10 and 6.9 million viewers. At 9, “Star” grabbed a 1.8/7 and 5.5 million viewers.

CBS and ABC both tied for second in ratings with a 1.5/6. CBS was first in viewers with 8.3 million, while ABC was fourth in viewers with 5.8 million.

On CBS, the Season 35 premiere of “Survivor” at 8 got a 1.7/7 and 8.1 million viewers. “SEAL Team” at 9 commanded a 1.5/6 and 9.7 million viewers, and “Criminal Minds” followed at 10 with a 1.3/5 and 7.0 million viewers.

ABC’s “The Goldbergs” at 8 picked up a 1.8/8 and 6.1 million viewers, and “Speechless” at 8:30 noted a 1.4/6 and 5.0 million viewers. “Modern Family” at 9 grabbed a 2.1/8 and 6.9 million viewers, with “American Housewife” pulling in a 1.6/6 and 5.6 million viewers. At 10, “Designated Survivor” managed a 1.1/5 and 5.5 million viewers.

NBC was fourth in ratings with a 1.3/6 and third in viewers with 6.0 million. “The Blacklist” aired at 8 and scored a 1.1/5 and 6.2 million viewers. “Law & Order: SVU” at 9 collected a 1.4/5 and 5.7 million viewers. “Chicago P.D.” at 10 booked a 1.3/5 and 6.0 million viewers.

Telemundo was fifth in ratings with a 0.7/3 and in viewers with 1.7 million.

Univision was sixth in ratings with a 0.4/2 and in viewers with 1.4 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.3/1 and in viewers with 1.2 million. It was all repeats.