A special Wednesday The Voice (1.4, 8.24M) gave Empire (1.7, 5.32M) and Survivor (1.6, 7.70M) a run for their ratings, and landed in the No. 1 spot for the night in total viewers, propelling NBC’s nightly win in that metric. Fox’s Empire maintained its rule over the demo.
Basking in the Voice lead-in boost, Law & Order: SVU (1.4, 6.53M) lept 3/10ths in the demo and 20% in total viewers, to snag the 9 PM slot in both derbies. It marks the first time in three head-to-head airings that the NBC drama topped Fox’s Star (1.3, 4.04M) in the 18-49 age bracket.
SVU also beat CBS’ special 9 PM Criminal Minds, which borrowed the slot from network’s usual occupant, SEAL Team. The two hours that closed Criminal Minds’ season (0.9, 5.64M) failed to trigger a last-minute rally for the 13-year-old on-the-bubble drama, finishing flat compared to last week.
ABC’s Alex, Inc. (0.6, 2.86M) scored a series low in demo, off a Goldbergs (0.7, 3.54M) repeat lead-in. Network’s 10 PM’s Designated Survivor (0.6, 3.50M) finished flat, following reruns of Modern Family (0.7, 3.09M) and American Housewife (0.8, 2.91M).
CW’s The Originals (.04, 1.00M) opened its fifth, and final, season with a slight uptick compared to last opener, retaining 100% of its Riverdale (0.4, 1.08M) lead-in.
Fox (1.5, 4.68M) finished first on the night in the demo; NBC (1.3, 7.12M) took total viewers and came in second in the demo, while CBS (1.1, 6.33M) ranked second in viewers. ABC (0.7, 3.23M) and CW (0.4, 1.04M) followed.