The results for the broadcast premiere week are in, and the second season premiere of Fox’s juggernaut Empire now stands at the Blindspot (NBC)series’ highest rated episode. It added a 2.7 adults 18-49 rating from Live+Same Day to Live+7 (+40%) to hit a 9.4 demo rating, edging the 9 PM episode of the Season 1 finale. (Empire had already edged the two-hour finale, now it also has pulled ahead of the highly rated second part of the closer after trailing by a tenth in Live+3).

Empire and NBC freshman drama Blindspot kept their No.1 spots from the Live+3 rankings for biggest absolute 18-49 gains in L+7 (Empire, 2.7) and total viewers (Blindspot, 5.894 million, edging Empire‘s 5.829 million). Empire also widened its advantage over No.2 Sunday Night Football to 1.2 rating.

ABC’s Nashville (2.2) also kept its top L+3 position for percentage 18-49 gain among scripted series, tying CBS’ NCIS: Los Angeles (2.2) and ABC’s Castle at +83%. (The CW’s America’s Next Top Model, 0.8 in L+7, once again was No.1 overall off a very small base, +100%)

Like in Live+3, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory (23.726 million, 6.8 in 18-49) was the most watched program of Premiere Week. Among adults 18-49, it was edged by ABC’s Modern Family (5.4 in L+7) for largest absolute gain for a comedy series (2.2 vs 2.1).

Notable freshman gainers: Fox’s Scream Queens (3.1 in L+7, up 1.4 rating, +82%), Fox’s Minority Report, which just got its order reduced (2.0 in L+7, up +0.9 rating, +82) and ABC’s Quantico (3.4, up 1.5 rating. +79%). Quantico also was the freshman series with the second largest total viewer lift behind Blindspot, 5 million.

Here are the ranking for all programs during premiere week (Sept. 21-27) in adults 18-49 and total viewers:

Adults 18-49

Program Net Live+SD Rating L+7 Rating Lift % Lift
EMPIRE FOX 6.7 9.4 2.7 40%
MODERN FAMILY ABC 3.2 5.4 2.2 69%
BIG BANG THEORY, THE CBS 4.7 6.8 2.1 45%
BLINDSPOT NBC 3.1 5.0 1.9 61%
SCANDAL ABC 3.3 5.1 1.8 55%
HOW TO GET AWAY W/MURDER ABC 2.6 4.3 1.7 65%
GREY’S ANATOMY ABC 2.8 4.4 1.6 57%
QUANTICO ABC 1.9 3.4 1.5 79%
BLACK-ISH ABC 2.4 3.8 1.4 58%
SCREAM QUEENS FOX 1.7 3.1 1.4 82%
HEROES REBORN NBC 2.0 3.4 1.4 70%
LIMITLESS CBS 1.9 3.2 1.3 68%
GOLDBERGS, THE ABC 2.4 3.6 1.2 50%
GOTHAM FOX 1.6 2.8 1.2 75%
LAW AND ORDER:SVU NBC 1.8 3.0 1.2 67%
ONCE UPON A TIME ABC 1.8 2.9 1.1 61%
MUPPETS, THE ABC 2.9 4.0 1.1 38%
SCORPION CBS 2.2 3.3 1.1 50%
NCIS CBS 2.5 3.6 1.1 44%
CASTLE ABC 1.2 2.2 1.0 83%
NASHVILLE ABC 1.2 2.2 1.0 83%
NCIS: LOS ANGELES CBS 1.2 2.2 1.0 83%
MIDDLE, THE ABC 2.1 3.0 0.9 43%
NCIS: NEW ORLEANS CBS 1.7 2.6 0.9 53%
CSI – SPECIAL CBS 1.8 2.7 0.9 50%
MINORITY REPORT FOX 1.1 2.0 0.9 82%
LAST MAN ON EARTH FOX 1.4 2.3 0.9 64%
FAMILY GUY FOX 1.5 2.4 0.9 60%
VOICE NBC 3.5 4.4 0.9 26%
VOICE-TUE NBC 3.5 4.4 0.9 26%
SURVIVOR CBS 2.5 3.3 0.8 32%
AMAZING RACE CBS 1.2 2.0 0.8 67%
HAWAII FIVE-0 CBS 1.0 1.8 0.8 80%
BLUE BLOODS CBS 1.3 2.1 0.8 62%
LIFE IN PIECES CBS 2.6 3.4 0.8 31%
BROOKLYN NINE-NINE FOX 1.5 2.3 0.8 53%
SHARK TANK ABC 1.7 2.4 0.7 41%
BLOOD & OIL ABC 1.4 2.1 0.7 50%
FRESH OFF THE BOAT ABC 1.9 2.6 0.7 37%
LAST MAN STANDING ABC 1.1 1.8 0.7 64%
PLAYER NBC 1.2 1.9 0.7 58%
ROSEWOOD FOX 2.4 3.0 0.6 25%
SIMPSONS FOX 1.5 2.1 0.6 40%
BIG BROTHER-WED CBS 2.2 2.7 0.5 23%
BEST TIME EVER WITH NPH NBC 2.1 2.6 0.5 24%
MYSTERIES OF LAURA NBC 1.2 1.7 0.5 42%
DANCING WITH THE STARS ABC 1.8 2.2 0.4 22%
DANCING W/STARS SP-9/22 ABC 1.5 1.9 0.4 27%
AMERICA’S TOP MODEL-16 CW 0.4 0.8 0.4 100%
BOB’S BURGERS FOX 1.2 1.6 0.4 33%
DATELINE FRI NBC 1.0 1.4 0.4 40%
20/20-FRI ABC 1.3 1.6 0.3 23%
48 HOURS 9PM SPECIAL CBS 0.8 1.1 0.3 38%
48 HOURS CBS 0.9 1.2 0.3 33%
MUPPETS SP-9/25, THE ABC 0.8 1.0 0.2 25%
DARK SWAN RISES: FAN APPR ABC 0.7 0.8 0.1 14%
CRIMETIME SATURDAY 8PM CBS 0.7 0.8 0.1 14%
CBS+NFLN THU NT PRE-KICK CBS 3.3 3.4 0.1 3%
60 MINUTES CBS 2.9 3.0 0.1 3%
PENN & TELLER:FOOL US CW 0.3 0.4 0.1 33%
SCREAM QUEENS-SP 9/24 FOX 0.7 0.8 0.1 14%
MINORITY REPORT-SP 9/25 FOX 0.7 0.8 0.1 14%
ROSEWOOD-SP 9/25 9P FOX 0.5 0.6 0.1 20%
NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL NBC 8.1 8.2 0.1 1%
SNFTBL NISSAN PRE-GAME ABC 0.6 0.6 0.0 0%
SATURDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL ABC 0.7 0.7 0.0 0%
CBS+NFLN THU NT KICK-OFF2 CBS 2.2 2.2 0.0 0%
CBS NFL NATL POST GUN CBS 6.4 6.4 0.0 0%
CBS NFL NATL POST GAME CBS 4.4 4.4 0.0 0%
CBS+NFLN THU NT FOOTBALL CBS 6.0 6.0 0.0 0%
FLASH CW 0.4 0.4 0.0 0%
FLASH-9/22 CW 0.4 0.4 0.0 0%
FLASH-9/24 CW 0.4 0.4 0.0 0%
ARROW CW 0.3 0.3 0.0 0%
SIGNIFICANT MOTHER CW 0.2 0.2 0.0 0%
WICKED OFFER CW 0.2 0.2 0.0 0%
MASTERS OF ILLUSION CW 0.4 0.4 0.0 0%
PENN & TELLER:FOOL US-ENC CW 0.3 0.3 0.0 0%
WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY CW 0.3 0.3 0.0 0%
WHOSE LINE IS IT-ENC CW 0.3 0.3 0.0 0%
FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL FOX 1.0 1.0 0.0 0%
FAMILY GUY-SP 9/27 7P FOX 0.8 0.8 0.0 0%
BEST TIME EVER NPH 9/25 NBC 0.7 0.7 0.0 0%
CARMICHAEL SHOW 9/26 NBC 0.4 0.4 0.0 0%
FOOTBALL NT AMERICA PT 2 NBC 3.0 3.0 0.0 0%
FOOTBALL NT AMERICA PT 3 NBC 4.4 4.4 0.0 0%
SUNDAY NIGHT NFL PRE-KICK NBC 5.5 5.5 0.0 0%
NBC PBC BOXING-PRIME NBC 0.6 0.6 0.0 0%

Total viewers:

Program Net Viewers (000) Vieiwers (000) Lift
BLINDSPOT NBC 10,605 16,589 5,984
EMPIRE FOX 16,184 22,113 5,929
BIG BANG THEORY, THE CBS 18,203 23,726 5,523
QUANTICO ABC 7,142 12,153 5,011
MODERN FAMILY ABC 9,463 14,277 4,814
HOW TO GET AWAY W/MURDER ABC 8,378 12,994 4,616
SCANDAL ABC 10,247 14,734 4,487
LIMITLESS CBS 9,857 14,258 4,401
NCIS CBS 18,191 22,469 4,278
BLUE BLOODS CBS 10,082 14,339 4,257
CASTLE ABC 6,840 10,920 4,080
SCORPION CBS 11,087 15,130 4,043
NCIS: LOS ANGELES CBS 7,981 11,857 3,876
NCIS: NEW ORLEANS CBS 12,616 16,445 3,829
CSI – SPECIAL CBS 12,222 15,808 3,586
GREY’S ANATOMY ABC 9,549 12,907 3,358
BLACK-ISH ABC 7,303 10,592 3,289
HEROES REBORN NBC 6,090 9,221 3,131
HAWAII FIVE-0 CBS 8,299 11,414 3,115
LAW AND ORDER:SVU NBC 8,274 11,383 3,109
SCREAM QUEENS FOX 4,038 7,057 3,019
GOTHAM FOX 4,569 7,487 2,918
MUPPETS, THE ABC 9,005 11,688 2,683
NASHVILLE ABC 4,910 7,541 2,631
BLOOD & OIL ABC 6,363 8,989 2,626
PLAYER NBC 4,858 7,451 2,593
VOICE-TUE NBC 12,348 14,921 2,573
VOICE NBC 12,371 14,935 2,564
ONCE UPON A TIME ABC 5,925 8,366 2,441
GOLDBERGS, THE ABC 7,619 10,049 2,430
MINORITY REPORT FOX 3,097 5,489 2,392
AMAZING RACE CBS 5,824 8,115 2,291
SURVIVOR CBS 9,700 11,926 2,226
LIFE IN PIECES CBS 11,276 13,499 2,223
MIDDLE, THE ABC 8,205 10,337 2,132
ROSEWOOD FOX 7,544 9,656 2,112
DANCING W/STARS SP-9/22 ABC 9,579 11,563 1,984
MYSTERIES OF LAURA NBC 7,109 9,073 1,964
LAST MAN STANDING ABC 6,265 8,151 1,886
SHARK TANK ABC 6,085 7,911 1,826
LAST MAN ON EARTH FOX 3,136 4,943 1,807
DANCING WITH THE STARS ABC 11,509 13,144 1,635
FRESH OFF THE BOAT ABC 6,054 7,564 1,510
BROOKLYN NINE-NINE FOX 3,140 4,608 1,468
FAMILY GUY FOX 2,866 4,317 1,451
BIG BROTHER-WED CBS 6,537 7,917 1,380
DATELINE FRI NBC 5,080 6,233 1,153
20/20-FRI ABC 5,385 6,500 1,115
BEST TIME EVER WITH NPH NBC 5,907 7,009 1,102
SIMPSONS FOX 3,279 4,335 1,056
AMERICA’S TOP MODEL-16 CW 1,346 2,017 671
48 HOURS 9PM SPECIAL CBS 4,159 4,803 644
48 HOURS CBS 5,247 5,886 639
60 MINUTES CBS 15,044 15,599 555
BOB’S BURGERS FOX 2,510 3,053 543
MUPPETS SP-9/25, THE ABC 3,589 4,048 459
CRIMETIME SATURDAY 8PM CBS 3,393 3,743 350
PENN & TELLER:FOOL US CW 1,213 1,547 334
ROSEWOOD-SP 9/25 9P FOX 2,126 2,448 322
DARK SWAN RISES: FAN APPR ABC 3,199 3,505 306
SCREAM QUEENS-SP 9/24 FOX 2,009 2,279 270
MINORITY REPORT-SP 9/25 FOX 2,274 2,534 260
FLASH-9/22 CW 1,122 1,282 160
BEST TIME EVER NPH 9/25 NBC 3,034 3,157 123
CBS+NFLN THU NT FOOTBALL CBS 16,882 16,985 103
FLASH-9/24 CW 1,121 1,218 97
FLASH CW 1,207 1,298 91
NBC PBC BOXING-PRIME NBC 2,179 2,264 85
NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL NBC 22,072 22,156 84
PENN & TELLER:FOOL US-ENC CW 1,270 1,346 76
WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY CW 995 1,071 76
MASTERS OF ILLUSION CW 1,354 1,427 73
SIGNIFICANT MOTHER CW 502 560 58
CBS+NFLN THU NT PRE-KICK CBS 10,611 10,666 55
SUNDAY NIGHT NFL PRE-KICK NBC 15,616 15,666 50
WHOSE LINE IS IT-ENC CW 1,239 1,288 49
CARMICHAEL SHOW 9/26 NBC 1,161 1,199 38
ARROW CW 778 810 32
CBS NFL NATL POST GUN CBS 18,869 18,892 23
FOOTBALL NT AMERICA PT 3 NBC 11,905 11,925 20
CBS+NFLN THU NT KICK-OFF2 CBS 7,546 7,563 17
WICKED OFFER CW 500 516 16
FOOTBALL NT AMERICA PT 2 NBC 8,302 8,316 14
SATURDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL ABC 2,386 2,399 13
FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL FOX 2,975 2,988 13
FAMILY GUY-SP 9/27 7P FOX 2,054 2,066 12
CBS NFL NATL POST GAME CBS 13,031 13,037 6
SNFTBL NISSAN PRE-GAME ABC 2,444 2,449 5