It’s certainly not the fall of the Fox blockbuster, but the ratings decline for Empire (3.6/12) continued again last night. Dipping 5% among adults 18-49 from last week, the drama created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong now has dropped below its previous near low of its January 7, 2015, debut – Wednesday’s episode was the second worst Empire ever has done in both the demo and in total audience.
On a comparatively uncompetitive night, the generationally revelation-filled “Time Shall Unfold” episode also fell to a near low in total viewership. With 9.42 million watching last night, Empire was down from the 10.11 million that watched on April 13. The audience for the 14th show of the series’ second season also was below the 9.9 million that tuned in for Empire’s debut. Last night was, of course, not the all-time Empire low; that distinction belongs to the Thanksgiving Eve show on November 25, which had 9.21 million viewers and a 3.2/10 rating. Last night’s Empire lead-in Rosewood (1.2/4) was even with its April 13 show.
Still, Empire still was easily the highest-rated and most watched show of the night. Overall, with a 2.4/8 rating, Fox was pretty steady with last week’s demo win, while CBS again led in viewers, with 8.6 million watching.
A full-scheduled CBS saw its night start pretty well, with Survivor (2.0/7) up 5% in the demo and 10% in viewers to pull in 9.19 million. Criminal Minds (1.7/6) was unchanged from its April 13 show, while newbie spinoff Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (1.3/4) took a 13% drop from last week’s upward surge.
NBC’s only original of the night was 8 PM’s Heartbeat (0.8/3), which was up 14% among the 18-49s from its previous original of April 5. There is a slight chance of some adjustment for NBC being that the net’s Portland affiliate was carrying the NBA playoffs. ABC’s only original of the night was Nashville (0.8/3), which was down a tenth for its final numbers of last week.
The CW was all encores on Wednesday.