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Spring cap sap the ratings strength of just about any show, but Fox’s “Empire” looked very strong as it resumed its second season three weeks ago.

According to “live plus-7” estimates for the week of March 26-April 3, released Monday by Nielsen, “Empire” averaged a 6.5 rating in adults 18-49 — rising 35% from its same-day average (4.8) to finish 1 full point ahead of broadcast runner-up “The Big Bang Theory” on CBS (5.5) and nearly 3 points ahead of the next closest broadcast drama, ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” (3.7). AMC’s “The Walking Dead” ruled the week overall with a 9.6 in the demo.

The 6.5 rating was about on par with “Empire’s” fall finale on Dec. 2 (6.6). And in 7-day multi-platform overall audience, the midseason return (18.5 million) slightly outdrew its 2015 closer (18.4 million); this figure includes 16.7 million linear viewers and about 1.8 million via 7-day streaming on Hulu and Fox Now.

For the season, “Empire” leads all broadcast entertainment series in L+7 adults 18-49 rating (7.2). Its multi-platform average audience is 22.7 million, or 80% more than its same-day total (12.6 million).

In other L+7 highlights for the week of March 26-April 3, the season finale of “The Walking Dead” (9.6) was 14% lower than its year-ago closer (11.1); CBS’ “Supergirl” (2.5) shot up 25% week to week with its “The Flash”-crossover storyline; ABC’s “The Catch” (1.8) retained 90% of its previous week’s premiere rating (2.0); and NBC’s “Shades of Blue” (2.0) ended its run in line with its most recent performances, finishing with an average 64% higher than “The Player” in the same timeslot (2.3 vs. 1.4).

FX’s “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” saw the biggest percentage spike of the week in L+7, rising 164% from its same-day average (2.9 vs. 1.1). Jumping nearly as much was AMC’s “Better Call Saul” (up 150%, 0.8 to 2.0).

TOP SHOWS IN LIVE+7
(Week of March 28-April 3, 2016)

Adults 18-49 …………………… Same-Day ………….. L+7
1.  The Walking Dead (AMC) ……… 6.9 ……………… 9.6
2.  Empire (Fox) …………………….. 4.8 ……………… 6.5
3.  The Big Bang Theory (CBS) …… 3.5 ………………. 5.5
4.  Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) …………. 2.2 ………………  3.7
5.  Talking Dead (AMC) …………….. 3.1 ………………. 3.6
6.  The Voice-Mon. (NBC) …………. 2.8 ………………  3.5
7.  NCAA basketball final (TBS) …… 3.3 ………………. 3.3
8.  The Voice-Tue. (NBC) ………….. 2.4 ………………. 3.1
9.  Scandal (ABC) ………………….. 1.7 ……………….. 3.0
10. Criminal Minds (CBS) …………. 1.8 ………………. 2.9
10.  Blindspot (NBC) ………………… 1.6 ……………… 2.9
10.  People v. O.J. Simpson (FX) ….. 1.1 ………………. 2.9

Total Viewers (in millions) …… Same-Day …………… L+7
1.  The Walking Dead (AMC) ……….. 14.19 ………….. 19.36
2.  The Big Bang Theory (CBS) …….. 14.20 …………. 19.19
3.  Empire (Fox) ……………………… 12.40 ………….. 16.75
4.  Blue Bloods (CBS) ……………….. 10.40 …………. 14.62
5.  Dancing … Stars (ABC) …………. 11.96 ………….. 13.76
6.  The Voice-Mon. (NBC) …………… 11.35 ………….. 13.33
7.  Little Big Shots (NBC) ……………. 11.33 ………….. 13.30
8.  The Voice-Tue. (NBC) ……………. 11.10 ………….. 13.05
9.  Criminal Minds (CBS) ……………..  9.18 ………….. 12.84
10.  Chicago Fire (NBC) ………………  8.66 …………. 12.27

Source: Nielsen