There was a lot of corporate jockeying on Empire (3.7/12) last night as the question of who would be CEO of Lyonland was finally answered. There wasn’t as much ratings movement on Fox drama – and that’s relatively a good thing. After weeks of declines, Empire was even last night with its April 20 show among adults 18-49 and even saw a 3% rise in viewership to 9.85 million.
While these are still near low numbers for the Lee Daniels- and Danny Strong-created blockbuster, they do halt a downward trend that has been the norm since Season 2 of Empire came back from its long winter break March 30. Even so, Empire as usual was easily the top-rated and most-watched show of Wednesday’s primetime.
Overall, with lead-in Rosewood (1.3/5) up a tenth, Fox took top spots for the night with a 2.5/8 rating and 7.31 million viewers. As for those Empire numbers: It’s worth noting that last week the hip-hop series went up a tenth from the early ratings to the final numbers – a move we could see again this week. If that is the case, last night’s Empire will match its January 7, 2015 series debut.
Meanwhile, the CW’s Arrow (0.9/3) came back on an upward trajectory. A rather somber episode of the WBTV super archer series saw it up 12% in the key demo from its last original April 6. Also back after a break of sorts was Supernatural (0.7/2), which was even with its last original.
NBC had one original on last night with Heartbeat (0.8/3), which saw an increase in its ratings pulse of 14% among 18-49s. CBS had Survivor (2.1/8) at 8 PM and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (1.2/4) at 10 PM. Matching its second-best demo result this season so far, the former bopped up 5% while the latter spinoff was down 8% from its April 20 episode.
Also a mix of originals and repeats, ABC saw comedies The Middle (1.6/6) and Black-ish (1.5/5) down a tenth and even, respectively, with their last originals April 13. Nashville (0.9/3) had a bit more action with a 13% rise among adults 18-49 compared with last week.