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Primetime Ratings: ‘Empire’ Paces Fox to Win

Fox won last night’s primetime ratings race thanks to a 4.6 from Empire in viewers 18-49, according to Nielsen’s overnights, pacing Fox to a 3.0 rating in that demo, along with a 10 share. Runner-up was ABC with a 1.8/6, CBS at 1.7/5, NBC with a 1.3/4 and CW at 0.9/3.

Empire’s 4.6 was down 13% from last week’s 5.3, which was down considerably from the season premiere’s 6.5. Lead-in Rosewood scored a 1.4, down 18% from its previous airing.

The broadcast prime was up against MLB playoff action.

On ABC, The Middle showed a 1.9, flat with last week; The Goldbergs a 2.0, down a tenth from last week; Modern Family a 2.6, also down a tenth; and Black-ish a 1.8, off a tenth as well. Sudsy musical drama Nashville averaged a 1.2, up 8% from last week’s figure.

CBS’ reality staple Survivor showed a 2.1, up a tick from last week’s 2.0. Criminal Minds rated a 1.7, flat with last week, and medical drama Code Black had a 1.2, also flat.

On NBC, The Mysteries of Laura rated a 1.0, down a tenth from last week; Law & Order: SVU a flat 1.5, and Chicago P.D. also flat at 1.5.

Over CW’s way, Arrow posted a 0.9, off 18% from last week’s 1.1 premiere, while Supernatural showed a 0.9—flat with last week.   

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.