Fox had a pretty easy time of it in the broadcast prime-time ratings Wednesday night, clobbering its competition even as its juggernaut drama series “Empire” saw some slippage.
TVbytheNumbers.com reports that Fox averaged a 3.4 rating for prime time in the key 18-49 demo, based on Nielsen live+same day data. The closest the competition could get was a 1.8 for ABC, followed by CBS with a 1.6, NBC with a 1.4 and CW with a 1.0.
Things were a lot closer in total viewers, where Fox took a narrow win with 8.43 million, followed by CBS with 8.23 million, then NBC (6.86 million), ABC (6.07 million) and CW (2.31 million).
“Empire” had a 5.0 average rating in 18-49, by far the best number of the night on any of the broadcast networks. But Variety notes that the preliminary number was off 9% from a week ago, when the season’s second episode aired.
Variety points out that “Empire” faced some tough competition on cable last night, with TBS televising the Major League Baseball Wild Card Game between the Pirates and Cubs and FX launching “American Horror Story: Hotel.”