Absence makes the heart grow… what?
NBC’s 17-year-old Law & Order: SVU this Wednesday returned from a five-week break to 5.26 million total viewers and a 1.1 demo rating (per finals), down 15 and 21 percent from its last fresh outing to tie and hit series lows. Similarly, Chicago P.D. (6.3 mil/1.3) slipped 8 and 14 percent vs. March 30, hitting a series low in the demo.
Opening the Peacock’s night, Heartbeat (4.2 mil/0.8) was steady.
Elsewhere in the ratings….
THE CW | Arrow (2.08 mil/0.7) slipped to series lows, while Supernatural (1.5 mil/0.6) dipped to at least a season low in the demo.
FOX | Rosewood (4.4 mil/1.2) was down 10 percent and a tenth. Empire (9.4 mil/3.6) dipped 7 percent and two tenths to its lowest digits since Thanksgiving Eve.
CBS | Survivor (9.5 mil/2.1) and Beyond Borders (6.8 mil/1.2) were steady, while bubble drama Criminal Minds‘ finale (8.8 mil/1.8, average reader grade “B+”) ticked up a tenth, matching its previous season ender.
ABC | The Middle (7 mil/1.7), The Goldbergs (6.7 mil/1.9), Modern Family (7.4 mil/2.2) and bubble drama Nashville (3.9 mil/0.8) were steady, while black-ish (5.6 mil/1.6) ticked up.