*It’s a hit!
Fox scored big with the series premiere of “Empire” Wednesday night. While “American Idol” continued its yearly opening day ratings slide, the weak lead-in didn’t deter folks from tuning in directly to see Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson and company.
The 9 p.m. drama averaged a 3.7 rating among adults 18-49 and 9.8 million viewers, per Nielsen Fast National ratings, easily making it one of the top launches of the 2014-15 season and Fox’s biggest debut in three years.
That number also put it as the top-rated show of Wednesday night, not only beating the return of “Idol,” but ABC’s ratings beast “Modern Family.”
The one-hour “Idol” pulled a premiere low 3.1 rating with adults 18-49. That’s down significantly from the 4.7 rating it brought in last January, though that episode stretched for two hours. Still, “American Idol” had a slight edge in total viewers, averaging 10.7 million.
Per the Hollywood Reporter:
Closest competition came from ABC, which had new episodes of its comedy block. After a steady return of “The Middle” (2.3 adults), “The Goldbergs” (2.5 adults) was up by three-tenths of a point. “Modern Family” (3.2 adults) held even, while “Black-ish” (2.1 adults) dropped two-tenths of a point.
“The Mentalist” moved into its new Wednesday digs on CBS, mostly holding its latest Sunday score with a 1.3 rating in the key demo. “The People’s Choice Awards” dropped 25 percent from last year to a 1.8 rating in the key demo.
Over on NBC, “Law & Order: SVU” (1.7 adults) rose three-tenths of a point on NBC, sandwiched between steady episodes of “Mysteries of Laura” (1.3 adults) and “Chicago P.D.” (1.6 adults)
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