“Empire” Wins Night But Declines, “Idol” Ratings Up Slightly For Final Performance Show

Empire [FOX]

FOX’s “Empire” again ranked as Wednesday night’s highest rated and most watched broadcast, but its adults 18-49 and total viewership numbers trailed those of last week’s spring premiere.

Lead-in “American Idol,” meanwhile, enjoyed a slight week-to-week uptick for its final performance show.

Per fast national data first posted by Showbuzz, FOX’s drama juggernaut drew a 4.2 adults 18-49 rating and 11.3 million total viewers in the 9PM hour. The numbers trail the 4.8 rating and 12.5 million viewer marks drawn by last week’s broadcast but still ranked as television’s best Wednesday night.

Among broadcast programs, FOX’s own “Idol” and ABC’s “Modern Family” tied for #2 in adults 18-49. “Idol” was #2 in viewers.

So how did the final “American Idol” performance show fare? Fast national data says it drew a 2.2 rating and 9.6 million total viewers.

The numbers are up slightly from the 2.1 rating and 9.1 million viewership mark drawn by last Thursday’s two-hour live show. The more impressive statistic, however, is the fact that they represent the show’s best marks in many weeks. “Idol” last drew a 2.2 rating for the first semifinal round on February 10. It last drew more viewers for a Hollywood Rounds episode on January 28.

Written by Brian Cantor

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