Just renewed for a fifth season, Empire (1.7/7) saw the loss of a true major player last night with Xzibit’s Shyne Johnson killed off on Lucious Lyon’s command. Ratingswise, however, the Fox hip-hop drama was very much alive.
Even with last week’s final numbers, the series co-created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong was again Wednesday’s top-rated show. In fact, last night’s Empire was up a tenth from the series low of April 25’s fast affiliates among adults 18-49.
With Daniels’ other show Star (1.2/5) holding even, Fox again took Wednesday overall with a 1.4/5 in the key demo. Facing the Utah Jazz’s tense 116-108 victory over the Houston Rockets in the NBA playoffs on TNT, CBS and NBC tied for second place in the demo, while the House of Moonves was first in total viewers with 6.27 million tuning in.
As has been the case a number of times this season, Survivor: Ghost Island (1.5/7) was the second highest-rated show of Wednesday and the most watched with 7.77 million. Compared to its April 25 airing, the Mark Burnett-EP’d series dipped a tenth in the demo but was basically even in total audience. The rest of CBS’ primetime saw SEAL Team (0.9/4) up a tenth and 10 PM’s Code Black (0.7/3) even with last week.
On the CW, the ever twisting and firing Riverdale (0.4/2) and The Originals (0.4/2) also matched their April 25 shows.
On ABC, The Goldbergs (1.2/5) returned from a break to match a series low in fast affiliates. The April 11 episode of the long running comedy also hit a 1.2 in the demo, but went up to a 1.3/5 in final numbers – as last night’s show might too. Fellow funnies Modern Family (1.3/5) and American Housewife (0.9/4) also were back to lows. On the flip, it was up a tenth for Alex, Inc (0.8/4) and Designated Survivor (0.6/3).
Law & Order: SVU (1.2/5) was down 14% from its last original April 18 but the rest of NBC’s evening saw 8 PM’s The Blacklist (0.8/4) and 10 PM’s Chicago PD (1.2/5) even with their April 25 airings.
And remember, there’s a double shot of NBA playoff action coming today.