‘Empire’ Returns, Puts Fox Back on Top

Mar 23, 2017  •  Post A Comment

Fox was the No. 1 broadcast network in prime time Wednesday night in the key demo of adults 18-49, paced by the return of its hit drama series “Empire.” The premiere delivered a 2.8 average rating to rank as the top show of the night in broadcast prime, along with 7.894 million total viewers, to rank No. 2 in that metric by a razor-thin margin behind CBS’s “Survivor: Game Changers” with 7.895 million (1.7 average rating in 18-49, No. 2 for the night.)

Numbers are based on Nielsen Fast Nationals and include DVR playback through 3 a.m.

Fox led off prime time with the premiere of “Shots Fired,” which delivered 4.668 million total viewers and a 1.1 average in 18-49.

Overall in prime time, Fox averaged a 1.9 rating in adults 18-49 to lead all broadcast networks, followed by CBS with a 1.3, NBC at 1.1, ABC with a 1.0 and the CW at 0.4. In total viewers, CBS led the pack with 6.704 million, ahead of Fox with 6.281 million, NBC with 5.192 million, ABC with 4.271 million and CW with 1.152 million.

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