Primetime Ratings: ‘Empire’ Improves in Week Two

Fox series draws 4.0 rating in demo, best for any scripted broadcast drama this season

Going against the grain, Fox’s Empire improved from its lofty premiere in its second week, rising 5% to a 4.0 rating with adults 18-49, according to Nielsen overnight numbers.

The 4.0 rating is the highest for any scripted drama on broadcast this season — AMC’s The Walking Dead holds the high mark with an 8.7 rating for its premiere in October – and is behind only CBS comedy The Big Bang Theory in the demo.

American Idol was fairly steady in its second week, dropping 6% from last Wednesday’s premiere to a 2.9. Fox easily led the night with an overall 3.4 rating/10 share.

ABC took second with a 1.8/6, as its lineup fell across the board from last week. The Middle was down 4% to a 2.2; The Goldbergs dipped 8% to a 2.3; Modern Family fell 6% to a 3.0, while Black-ish posted its lowest live-same-day numbers with a 2.0, down 5% from last week.

CBS was in third with a 1.7/5. The Mentalist was even with last week’s 1.7, while Criminal Minds was up 5% in its first episode of 2015 with a 2.2. Stalker was up 7% from its last episode to a 1.5.

NBC’s lineup was down as well, with Mysteries of Laura drawing its lowest overnight numbers with a 1.1, down 15% from last week. Law & Order dropped 18% to tie its series low of 1.4, while Chicago P.D. dipped 6% to a 1.5. NBC ended in fourth with a 1.3/4.

The CW aired repeats.