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TV Ratings: ‘Empire’ Falls; ‘Code Black,’ ‘Criminal Minds’ Dip in Return

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“Empire” retained its crown as broadcast’s top offering Wednesday night, but saw its numbers erode. The Fox drama drew a 3.6 rating in viewers 18-49, according to Nielsen live-plus-same day numbers, down 14% from last week’s season premiere. In total viewers, “Empire” was down 12% with 9.6 million.

CBS debuted new seasons of two returning dramas — “Criminal Minds” at 9 p.m. and “Code Black” at 10 p.m. “Criminal Minds” drew a 1.8 demo rating, down 10% from last fall’s series premiere, and 8.9 million viewers, down 12%. “Code Black” drew a 1.2 in the demo, down 20% in the demo from last fall’s series premiere, and 6.3 million viewers, down 27%.

At 8 p.m. on CBS, “Survivor” drew a 2.1 in the demo. Fox’s “Lethal Weapon” led off its night with a 1.9, down 14% in the demo from last week’s series premiere.

Fox was the night’s top network in the demo, veraging a 2.8 rating and 10 share. ABC was second with a 1.9 / 7. CBS averaged a 1.7 / 6. NBC averaged a 1.4 / 5.

ABC nearly held steady in the 8 p.m. hour, with “The Goldbergs” drawing a 1.9 in the demo, down one tenth from last week, and “Speechless” drawing a 1.8, down 10%. “Modern Family” was down 12% from last week at 2.3. “Black-ish” was down 20%.”Designated Survivor” drew a 1.8, down 18% from last week’s series premiere.

NBC’s “Blindspot” was down one tenth of a point from last week’s season-two premiere at 1.2. “Law & Order: SVU” followed with a 1.5, down 17% from last week. “Chicago PD” was down one tenth at 1.5.

A new “Whose Line is it Anyway?” on the CW drew a 0.4.