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TV Ratings: ‘Empire’ Lifts ‘Star,’ ‘SEAL Team’ Scores Wednesday’s Biggest Audience

Fox’s new Wednesday combination of “Empire” and “Star” proved strong enough to give the network a win for the night in the key demo, according to Nielsen overnight data.

Airing at 8 p.m., “Empire’s” Season 4 premiere averaged a 2.4 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.9 million total viewers. That is down by close to 40 percent in both measures compared to the Season 3 premiere (4.2, 10.9 million), but approximately even with the Season 3 finale (2.5, 6.9 million). “Star’s” Season 2 premiere at 9 p.m. averaged a 1.8 and 5.5 million viewers. That is down by close to 20 percent in both measures from the first season’s premiere (2.2, 6.7 million), but up by approximately 40 percent in both measures compared to the Season 1 finale (1.3, 3.9 million)  and by approximately 40 percent in the demo and 30 percent in total viewers compared to the Season 1 Live+Same Day average overall (1.3, 4.2 million).

On CBS, the Season 35 debut of “Survivor” drew a 1.7 and 8.1 million viewers, down by close to 30 percent in the key demo and 15 percent in total viewers compared to last season’s premiere. The series premiere of “SEAL Team” drew a 1.5 and 9.7 million viewers, making it the most-watched show of the night, building on its lead-in by 20 percent in total viewers. The Season 13 premiere of “Criminal Minds” averaged a 1.3 and 7 million viewers, down by approximately 30 percent in the demo and 20 percent in total viewers from the Season 12 debut.

For NBC, the Season 5 premiere of “Blacklist” drew a 1.1 and 6.2 million viewers, down a little more than 10 percent in the demo but approximately even in total viewers compared to the Season 4 premiere. The Season 19 debut of “Law & Order: SVU” averaged a 1.4 and 5.7 million viewers, down by over 20 percent in both measure compared to the Season 18 premiere. The Season 5 premiere of “Chicago PD” drew a 1.3 and 6 million viewers, down by close to 20 percent in the demo and just over 10 percent in total viewers from the Season 4 premiere.

On ABC, “The Goldbergs” Season 5 premiere drew a 1.8 and 6.1 million viewers, down just over 10 percent in both measures. The Season 2 premiere of “Speechless” averaged a 1.4 and 5 million viewers, down by over 30 percent in both measures compared to Season 1’s opener. The “Modern Family” Season 9 premiere drew a 2.1 and 6.9 million, down just under 20 percent in both measures from the Season 8 premiere. The Season 2 premiere of “American Housewife” averaged a 1.6 and 5.6 million viewers, down by approximately 15 percent in both measures from Season 1’s premiere. The Season 2 premiere of “Designated Survivor” averaged a 1.1 and 5.5 million viewers, down by approximately 50 percent in both measures from the Season 1 premiere.

The CW aired only repeats.

Fox won the night in the demo with a 2.1 but finished second in total viewers with 6.2 million. CBS and ABC tied for second in the demo with a 1.5, but CBS was first in total viewers with 8.3 million. ABC was fourth in total viewers with 5.8 million. NBC was fourth in the demo with a 1.3 but third in total viewers with 6 million. The CW averaged a 0.3 and 1.2 million viewers.

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