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‘Empire’ on Fox Leads Wednesday Overnights

CBS Wins Night Overall

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Household Rating/Share
CBS: 5.3/ 9 share, Fox: 5.1/ 8, ABC: 3.0/ 5, NBC: 2.7/ 4, CW: 0.7/ 1

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Week:
CBS: – 9, Fox: -11, NBC: -23, ABC: -36, CBS: -61


Ratings Breakdown:

The immediate observation was all five broadcast networks on the downside in the overnights compared to the year-ago evening.

Sophomore “Empire” on Fox was the top draw, with a 6.7 rating/11 share in the household overnights at 9 p.m. Comparably, this was right on par with one week earlier, which translated into 10.11 million viewers and a 3.8 rating/12 share in adults 18-49, based on the Live + Same Day data. And it built from lead-in Rosewood” (#3: 3.5/ 6 at 8 p.m.) by 91 percent in the overnights.

On CBS, veteran “Survivor,” yet another addictive edition, won the 8 p.m. hour with a 5.6/ 9 in the household overnights. While I will not give away who went home in the event you did not see it, last night marked yet another classic blindside and another reason why this reality/competition will live on indefinitely. Note to the person who departed: you got exactly what you deserved!

Next on the Eye net was “Criminal Minds,” which is expected back next season, with a 5.6/ 9 at 9 p.m. Comparably, that ranked a comfortable second in the hour behind aforementioned “Empire.” And it led into recently introduced spin-off “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” at a dominant 4.7/ 8 at 10 p.m. Chances of a second season renewal for “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” is also likely.

On NBC, new medical drama “Heartbeat” returned after a one week absence with a fourth-place 2.8/ 5 at 8 p.m., which will not bode well for a second season renewal. The network fared considerably better with recently scheduled “The Mysteries of Laura.” “Heartbeat”led into encore telecasts of “Law & Order: SVU” (#4: 2.5/ 4) and “Chicago PD” (#3: 2.7/ 5) from 9-11 p.m.

Elsewhere, ABC’s two hour sitcom block was in all repeats – “The Middle” (#3: 3.2/ 6), “The Goldbergs” (#3: 3.0/ 5), “Modern Family” (#3: 3.2/ 5) and “black-ish” (#3t, 2.6/ 4). And it led into on-the-fence “Nashville” at a second-place 2.9/ 5 at 10 p.m. My prediction is ABC will give “Nashville” one finale 13-episode season.

The CW was also in repeats last night care of “Arrow” (#5: 0.9/ 1) and “Supernatural” (#5: 0.6/ 1).

Source: Nielsen Media Research


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  1. I have criticized this run of Survivor for a number of reasons. I stick to that. But, last night’s tribal council was extremely satisfying and I agree, the person got exactly what they deserved. But that is my point; when there is a person who is generally not liked and despicable, why not vote him or her out as early as possible?, alliances or not. The longer the person is around, the more chance they have of winning. Period. Thankfully, that is no longer the case with him/her!

    • I disagree about this season…I’ve liked it and tribal council was very tricksy last night.

      Tai, why would you get rid of one of the guys who you could beat at the end? He had so many choices and he took one that IMO weakens his game.
      I think he should of voted off Julia with Aubry/Joe/Cydney…he could of then said to Steve/Jason “I had to get rid of her as she is my main competition to get to final 3 with you” at the same time the girls and Joe would need him to win so he would be safe. He could of gotten rid of Michelle (I think that’s her name) and left the core alone. Then betray Aubry, then Joe and finally Cydney, explaining the whole way that its not about friendship its about playing the game. The problem now is that Thai’s position is weakened while the girls tribe is strengthened.

      Speaking of Aubry, she is now in a very powerful position, she is close to Cydney, close to Joe and close to Tai….that is 1/2 the tribe and Jason wants revenge on Thai so she is off the radar as the HII is gone, only Tai has one.

      Jason’s days are numbered and both Tai and Aubry distrust Julia so she is IMO on her way out too.

      I think it will go like this (and I am spoiler free mind you)


      Final 3

      Aubry (winner)

      If I’m wrong (and I usually am) that is good because that is what I love about Survivor 🙂

  2. “Criminal Minds” and “Empire” were my two favorite Wednesday night TV series. Last week I decided to stop watching either program anymore. I’m sick of the gore on “Criminal Minds” and “Empire” seems to be the same old thing week after week.

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