*It’s a broken record at this point, but its sweet music to the folks at Fox, learning that ratings for its piping hot breakout hit “Empire” rose yet again in its seventh episode, setting another high bar for its live-plus-same-day showing, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The latest high has “Empire” passing the lofty 5.0 rating and averaging a 5.1 rating among adults 18-49. That’s up three-tenths of a point from the previous high last week, and it could easily still go up even more in final returns this afternoon, notes THR. Viewership was also up a solid million to 12.94 million viewers.
“Empire” nearly doubled the demo haul of lead-in “American Idol,” steady with a 2.7 rating with adults 18-49 and something of a footnote in Fox’s easy win for the night.
As far as competition goes, “The Mentalist” ended its run on CBS up just a hair to a 1.4 rating with adults 18-49. It was partnered an extra hour of the show (1.3 adults) at 8 p.m. and a steady “Stalker” (1.3 adults) at 10 p.m.
On ABC, “The Middle” and “The Goldbergs” were each steady with a 2.2 rating in the key demo. “Modern Family” (3.0 adults) fell two-tenths of a point before steady episodes of “Black-ish” (2.2 adults) and “Nashville” (1.3 adults).
“The Mysteries of Laura” (1.1 adults) held last week’s score before “Law & Order: SVU” (1.6 adults) and “Chicago PD” (1.7 adults) jumped a respective two- and three-tenths of a point.
“Arrow” (1.1 adults) and “The 100” (0.6 adults) held on The CW.