Fox’s Empire returned from its four-month break to 12.2 million total viewers and a 4.7 demo rating on Wednesday night, up from its winter finale (11.8 mil/4.5), on par with its Season 2 average (12.3 mil/4.8) and delivering its best numbers since Oct. 21.
TVLine readers gave the spring premiere an average grade of “B+.”
Opening Fox’s night, bubble drama Rosewood (6 mil/1.4) surged to its best demo number since… the last time it led into Empire.
Elsewhere in the ratings….
CBS | Survivor (9.4 mil/2.1) was steady. Criminal Minds (9.3 mil/1.8) slipped 15 and 18 percent with Empire back in the mix, but was up from its last time (8.8 mil/1.6) facing off against the Fox sudser. Beyond Borders (7.3 mil/1.4) dipped a tenth.
THE CW | Arrow (2.4 mil/0.9) rose 14 and 29 percent from last week’s series lows; Supernatural (1.6 mil/0.6) was steady.
NBC | Heartbeat (4.8 mil/0.9) excised a few eyeballs but held steady in the demo. Opposite Empire, SVU (6 mil/1.4) ticked down to its smallest audience in a year and its lowest rating since Nov. 18. Chicago PD (6.7 mil/1.5) was up a tenth.
ABC | Leading out of sitcom reruns, bubble drama Nashville (3.9 mil/0.9) ticked down to its smallest audience ever while steady in the demo.