The Wednesday TV ratings are in for last night’s primetime shows; here are the highlights:
- There were plenty of premieres last night, but the clear, er, lion in the pack was Empire, Fox’s wild, eccentric hip-hop melodrama. The Season 2 premiere at 9 p.m. EST scored a humongous 6.7 in the demo, just barely down from the Season 1 finale’s 6.9, drawing in a little over 16 million viewers.
- Fox’s new procedural Rosewood also scored an admirable 2.4 for its series premiere at 8 p.m. EST, with 7.36 million viewers.
- On CBS, the Survivor premiere at 8 p.m. scored a 2.4 in the key demo, with 9.61 viewers, down slightly from last season’s premiere, which hit 2.7. Elsewhere, Big Brother scored a 2.2 in its finale with 6.46 viewers at 9:30 p.m., up from last week’s rating of 1.8.
ABC had a busy night, with the 8 p.m. premiere of The Middle and the 8:30 p.m. premiere The Goldbergs staying even from last year’s premieres, scoring a 2.1 (8.1 million viewers) and 2.4 (7.6 million viewers) in the key demos respectively. At 9 p.m., Modern Family saw a notable drop from last year’s premiere, scoring a 3.1, with 9.26 million viewers, against last season’s 3.8. Meanwhile, at 9:30 p.m., black-ish saw a similar drop, hitting a 2.4, with 7.30 million viewers, down from the 3.3 off of Season 1’s premiere. Finally, Nashville‘s 10 p.m. season premiere saw yet another slight drop, from the 1.4 of last season’s premiere to 1.3, with 5 million viewers.
- At 8 p.m., NBC’s Mysteries of Laura scored a slight uptick from the Season 1 finale, grabbing a 1.2 (and 6.9 million viewers) from the finale’s 1.1; the series premiere scored a 2.0. Meanwhile, Law & Order: SVU‘s 9 p.m. premiere nabbed a 1.7 in the demos, with 8.2 million viewers, down from last season’s premiere, which came in with a strong 2.2.
- Lastly, there was The CW. At 8 p.m., America’s Next Top Model came in with a 0.4, with 1.26 million viewers, down from last week’s 0.5, while A Wicked Offer hit a 0.2 (and 0.52 million viewers) in its 9 p.m. time slot, down from last week’s 0.3.