The Lyons have, finally, been (slightly) tamed.
Fox’s Empire, which last week returned down juuuust a hair from its Season 1 finale, this week drew 13.7 million total viewers and a 5.5 rating (per finals), slipping 15 and 18 percent.
But sill — big numbers. Make no mistake.
Opening Fox’s night, Rosewood (6.2 mil/2.0) was down 17 percent from its debut.
CBS | Survivor (9.4 mil/2.4) dipped from its season opener, while Criminal Minds (10.1 mil/2.0, average reader grade of “B”) dropped 14 and 26 percent from its previous premiere (which didn’t battle Empire), yet was up a tick from its May finale. Code Black debuted to 8.6 mil/1.5, up from CSI: Cyber‘s most recent performance in the time slot (6.7 mil/1.2) but down from Stalker‘s year-ago launch (9.1 mil/2.0).
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NBC | Mysteries of Laura (7.4 mil/1.2) was steady, while SVU (6.7 mil/1.7) slipped 18 percent and one tenth. Chicago P.D. returned to 6.7 mil/1.7 (and an “A” grade), down from its previous premiere (8.6 mil/1.9) — which didn’t have a lead-in that was up against Empire — but delivering its best non-crossover rating in a year.
ABC | The Middle (7.9 mil/2.2) ticked up while The Goldbergs (7.4 mil/2.4) was flat; Modern Family (8.6 mil/2.9) and black-ish (6 mil/1.8) slipped 6 and 25 percent in the demo, respectively. Nashville (4.8 mil/1.1) ticked down to tie its series low in the demo.