Back after a week off due to the World Series, Empire (4.6/14) last night dealt with a kidnapping and faced the 2015 CMA Awards (3.8/12) over on ABC. Even with the increased competition from the Nashville-based show, Fox’s hip-hop drama saw a dip of just 4% from its October 21 episode in adults 18-49. That last original was the first demo rise that the series co-created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong had seen this season on a night when it faced the New York Mets clinching a spot in the World Series.
Head-to head in the 9 PM slot, Empire topped the CMA Awards by 12% in the demo. Viewershipwise, Empire slipped 6% from October 21 to 11.6 million. Empire lead-in Rosewood (1.5/5) was even with its fast nationals of October 21 and down 6% from the final numbers.
With some Justin Timberlake, spicy language from William Shatner and a lot of Star Wars, the 49th Annual Country Music Association awards show saw big wins for Chris Stapleton, Luke Bryan and Miranda Lambert. However, the 3-hour show was a mixed event for the Disney-owned network. While the CMA pushed ABC to be the first net to have a Wednesday win against an Empire-airing Fox, the actual show was down 15% from last year. Also, while the most watched show of the night with an audience of 13.6 million, the 2015 CMA Awards was down 16% in viewership from 2014, which was a dip from 2013. Overall, this year’s CMA Awards matched its lowest demo result ever and hit a viewership low, dropping just below 2012’s 13.68 million
There was no dip or drop for the Constantine crossover on Arrow (1.0/3) last night. The strongly promoted appearance by the Hellblazer character of his now cancelled NBC show saw the CW show rise 11% in the key demo from last week when the archer of Star City faced Game 2 of the World Series over on Fox. Unfortunately, the same uptick cannot be applied to lead-out Supernatural (0.6/2), which fell 25% from its October 28 show.
NBC, which had NBA pre-emptions in Portland, saw a healthy 20% jump for Mysteries Of Laura (1.2/4) to match a season high. The rest of the net’s night was not so gravity defying with Law & Order: SVU (1.5/4) even with its October 21 show. However SVU did have a win with topping slot rival Criminal Minds (1.4/4) for the first time in almost a year. The CBS show took a 13% fall to a new series low in fast nationals. NBC’s night ended with Chicago P.D. (1.4/5) slipping 7% among the 18-49s from last week’s 2-hour episode. For CBS Wednesday was bookended by Survivor (2.0/7) and Code Black (1.2/4) steady with a 4% dip and 9% rise respectively from last week.