Empire’s only competition at this point could come from Daylight Saving Time, which begins on Sunday. The Fox drama rose yet again to another high in both the adults 18-49 demo and total viewers, according to Nielsen overnight numbers.
Empire notched a 5.7 rating in the demo and 14.2 million total viewers, up 6% and 2%, respectively. The demo rating is the highest for a broadcast drama since Lost’s finale in 2010 (5.8), while the total viewer count marks the show’s eighth straight week of gains.
American Idol however, tumbled 22% to a 2.1 rating, though Fox still easily led Wednesday night with an overall 3.9 rating/12 share.
CBS debuted its newest iteration of its CSI franchise with Cyber, which notched a 1.8 rating in the demo but over 10 million total viewers. The Patricia Arquette-starrer was down slightly from Stalker’s premiere in that timeslot in the fall in the demo, but topped it among total viewers. Survivor dipped a tenth from last week’s premiere to 2.3 rating, while Criminal Minds was even with its last show at a 1.9. CBS took third with a 2.0/6.
ABC was in second with a 2.2/7. The Goldbergs and Modern Family were each steady with last week with a 2.5 and 3.4, respectively. The Middle rose two tenths to a 2.2 and Black-ish inched up a tenth to a 2.3. At 10 p.m., Nashville rose a tenth to a 1.4.
A Voice recap special drew a 2.1 rating for NBC, which finished in fourth with a 1.8/5 on a repeat-laden night.
The CW rounded out the evening with a 0.4/1. The 100 was even with last week’s 0.5 rating.