Ratings: As Empire Rises (Again), SVU and Minds Tie Lows; Arrow Steady

Empire Ratings

Fox’s Empire continues to reign, delivering this Wednesday night 11 million total viewers and a 4.4 rating (per finals), rising (7 and 10 percent) for a second consecutive week and easily topping the night in the demo.

UPDATE: Fox notes that Empire is the first No. 1 new drama in 21-1/2 years (since Moon Over Miami) to grow in both Week 2 and Week 3.

Opening Fox’s night, American Idol (11.8 mil/3.4) was up 8 and 13 percent, drawing Wednesday’s largest audience.

Elsewhere….

NBC | Leading out of a Mysteries of Laura rerun, Law & Order: SVU (6.8 mil/1.3) slipped a tenth to tie its series low. Chicago P.D. (7 mil/1.5) was steady.

THE CW | Arrow returned to 3.1 mil and a 1.1, matching its winter finale. The 100 (1.5 mil/0.5) was down a tenth from its last broadcast out of a fresh Arrow and even with its winter finale.

CBS | The Mentalist (9.6 mil/1.1) ticked up a tenth, Criminal Minds (10.3 mil/2.0) slipped two tenths (tying a series low) and Stalker (8.1 mil/1.5) was flat.

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