Ratings: ‘Riverdale’ Returns Strong; CW’s ‘Dynasty’ Debut? Not So Much

Fox tops key demo with “Empire” again

Riverdale — "A Kiss Before Dying" — Image Number: RVD201b_0067.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones and Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper — Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW — © 2017 The CW Network. All Rights Reserved

The CW’s “Riverdale” returned strong last night for its Season 2 premiere, doubling its 18-49 audience from its first finale. The overall viewer growth was even larger, with millennials really flocking to the Wednesday episode.

Unfortunately, new companion series “Dynasty” didn’t fare as well, debuting to pretty modest numbers — even by CW’s standards.

Fox won primetime among adults 18-49 thanks to “Empire,” while “Survivor” and “SEAL Team” carried CBS to a total-viewer victory.

Fox was first in ratings with a 1.7 rating/6 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, but third in total viewers with an average of 5.2 million, according to preliminary numbers. “Empire” at 8 p.m. earned a 1.9/8 and 5.9 million viewers. At 9, “Star” had a 1.5/5 and 4.6 million viewers.

CBS and ABC tied for second in ratings, both with a 1.3/5. CBS was first in total viewers with 7.2 million, ABC was fourth with 5.1 million.

For CBS, “Survivor” at 8 posted a 1.6/7 and 7.9 million viewers. At 9, “SEAL Team” landed a 1.2/4 and 7.9 million viewers. “Criminal Minds” at 10 got a 1.1/4 and 5.9 million viewers.

For ABC, “The Goldbergs” at 8 received a 1.4/6 and 5.6 million viewers. At 8:30, “Speechless” had a 1.1/4 and 4.3 million viewers. “Modern Family” at 9 put up a 1.8/7 and 6.2 million viewers. “American Housewife” at 9:30 got a 1.4/5 and 5 million viewers. “Designated Survivor” at 10 closed out primetime to a 0.9/4 and 4.6 million viewers.

NBC was fourth in ratings with a 1.1/4, but second in viewers with 5.8 million. “The Blacklist” at 8 had a 0.9/4 and 5.6 million viewers. At 9, “Law & Order: SVU” got a 1.2/4 and 5.7 million viewers. “Chicago P.D.” at 10 received a 1.2/5 and 6 million viewers.

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

The CW was sixth in ratings with a 0.6/2 and fifth in viewers with 1.8 million. “Riverdale” at 8 returned with a 0.8/3 and 2.3 million viewers. At 9, “Dynasty” debuted to a 0.4/1 and 1.3 million viewers.

Univision was seventh in ratings with a 0.5/2 and in viewers with 1.4 million.