There was almost a riot during that wild seventh inning of the Toronto Blue Jays’ 6-3 American League Division Series-winning game against the Texas Rangers last night, but the action was pretty intense on Empire (4.6/14) as well. Still, even with FBI raids, arrests, some increased street cred of sorts and more, the fourth episode of the Fox blockbuster’s second season saw Empire dip for a third week in a row.
While easily the top-rated show of the night and helping Fox to win the night with a 3.0/10 rating and 8.59 million viewers, Empire saw a 8% decline among adults 18-49 and was down 6% in viewers to 12.2 million. Let’s be honest, those numbers are still huge and fairly steady, especially considering the Jays’ win and the Kansas City Royals’ 7-2 ALDS-clinching victory over the Houston Astros was also on last night and men 18-49 and men 18-34 ratings were down 13% and 17%, respectively, for Empire – so you know what MLB was taking from the Lyons last night, right? And, remember, like last week, we could see an adjustment for Empire in later numbers. Empire lead-in, freshman Rosewood (1.4/5), took a much bigger tumble with an 18% fall in 18-49s.
In fact, with the exception of Nashville (1.2/4), which rose 20% from the low of its October 8 episode, and Survivor (2.1/8), bopping up 5%, almost everyone was like last Wednesday and down on the Big 4 and the CW last night. Not falling but not gaining either were CBS’ Criminal Minds (1.7/5) and newbie Code Black (1.2/4), both even with last week as was NBC’s Chicago P.D. (1.5/5), which won its 10 PM slot.
A week into their fourth and eleventh seasons, respectively, the CW’s Arrow (0.9/3) and Supernatural (0.8/3) took double-digit falls of 18% and 11%. Those declines were the biggest of the night, though NBC’s Mysteries Of Laura (1.0/3) wasn’t that far behind with a 9% dip.
The rest of the mildly depressed evening saw Law & Order: SVU (1.5/5) down 6% and ABC’s The Middle (1.9/7), The Goldbergs (2.0/7) and Black-ish (1.8/6) dipping 5% from their October 6 shows. Comedy powerhouse Modern Family (2.6/8) was down just 4% and the night’s second-highest-rated and fourth-most-watched (7.82 million) show. However, taking a long view, it’s worth noting that Modern Family was down 20% from the same time last year when it didn’t have to square off against Empire.
Speaking of squaring off, the Mets are playing the Dodgers tonight in Los Angeles on TBS in a deciding Game 5 of their series. Look out Big 4.