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Ratings: FOX’s “Empire” Rises, Repeats as Wednesday’s #1 Show (Updated)

Final Ratings Update: Final broadcast data confirms that Wednesday’s “Empire” indeed posted week-over-week gains in adults 18-49 and total viewership. It was the first of the five second season episodes to rise in either column.

Wednesday’s episode drew a 4.8 adults 18-49 rating with 12.281 million viewers. The numbers narrowly top the 4.7 and 12.223 million marks posted by last week’s broadcast.

“Empire,” predictably, ranked as television’s top-rated and most-watched Wednesday show. Its closest adults 18-49 competition came from ABC’s “Modern Family” (2.7). Its closest viewership competition came from CBS’ “Survivor” (9.103 million).

— FOX led into “Empire” with “Rosewood.” The show, which recently received a full season order, posted a 1.6 rating with 5.266 million viewers. Last week’s episode drew a 1.4 with 5.029 million.
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Update: FOX’s “Empire” brought an end to its string of adults 18-49 ratings declines — and naturally maintained its Wednesday night dominance.

Per fast national data, Wednesday’s episode drew a 4.8 adults 18-49 rating with 12.183 million viewers. The adults 18-49 rating bests that of last week’s episode, which drew a 4.7 in the coveted young adults demo.

Last week’s episode posted 12.223 million. Since “Empire” tends to receive an upward adjustment in the final broadcast report, this week’s episode may also end up with an increased total viewership count.

“Empire” easily ranked as Wednesday’s top broadcast network show in both columns. Its closest adults 18-49 competition came from ABC’s “Modern Family” (2.7). Its closest total viewership competition came from CBS’ “Survivor” (9.027 million).

— FOX led into “Empire” with “Rosewood.” The show, which recently scored a full season order, posted a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating with 5.211 million viewers (vs. a 1.4 with 5.029 million last week).
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While not as hot as it was in the latter half of the first season, FOX’s “Empire” remains a dominant ratings force.

Per Nielsen Metered Market Data, Wednesday’s episode drew an 8.2 overnight household rating. While down from the previous week’s 8.5, the number still ranked as broadcast television’s best Wednesday night.

In terms of the overnight households, its closest competition came from “Modern Family.” ABC’s veteran comedy drew a 5.6.

Following the 9/23 second season premiere (which was itself down from hour two of the season one finale), each “Empire” episode has suffered a week-over-week decline in the overnight households (and in adults 18-49 and total viewership). The declines have not, however, come close to eradicating the series’ standing as Wednesday’s top broadcast show.

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

Contact Brian at brian.cantor[at]headlineplanet.com.

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