Who stood to inherit Empire‘s riches, in the wake of the well-watched Fox behemoth signing off? Would you believe, almost no one?
In their first outings since Empire finaled, CBS’ Criminal Minds (with 9.9 million total viewers and a 2.0 rating) dipped in audience plus a tenth in the demo, NBC’s SVU (6 mil/1.3) fell 22 and 19 percent (tying its series low) and ABC’s Modern Family (8.5 mil/2.8) slipped 11 and 18 percent. (black-ish fared a bit better, only dipping 3 and 9 percent, to 6.5 mil/2.1.)
In fact, of all the broadcast shows airing in Empire‘s 9/8c time slot, only The CW’s Supernatural (1.7 mil/0.7) saw any gain, rising a singular tenth in the demo while flat in audience.
Elsewhere on the night….
NBC | Bubble drama Mysteries of Laura (6.4 mil/1.0) dropped 16 and 29 percent; Chicago PD (6.3 mil/1.5) slipped 15 percent in audience while steady in the demo.
FOX | American Idol (8.3 mil/1.7) dropped 14 and 29 percent week-to-week.
CBS | Survivor (9.5 mil/2.2) ticked down, while CSI: Cyber (8.1 mil/1.4) was steady.
THE CW | Arrow (2.8 mil/1.0) added a few eyeballs plus a tenth in the demo.
ABC | The Middle (7.2 mil/1.) slipped 12 and 18 percent, The Goldbergs (6.7 mil/2.0) fell 15 and 20 percent and Nashville (4.1 mil/0.8) dropped 23 and 20 percent from last year’s “On the Record” special.