*Although the return of “Empire” at its new 8 p.m. time slot Wednesday night may have been its lowest rated season premiere, its still impressive score helped lift the ratings of sister series “Star” compared to its 2016 premiere.
“Empire” (2.4 rating in the 18-49 demo, which likely will be adjusted up), was down a steep 41% from its season premiere last fall in its old 9 p.m. slot and off from its season average but even with its finale. It also provided a nice boost to sophomore “Star” (1.8 in the key 18-49 demo), which had its best rating since its series premiere last season, which also followed Empire, outperforming its Season 1 average.
“Star” likely also was helped by a crossover with “Empire,” so next week will give us a better indication whether “Empire” fans who sampled it will stick around.
“Empire” drew 6.9 million viewers, while “Star” attracted 5.5 million viewers. That makes “Star’s” premiere the second best live-plus-same-day performance for the musical drama, outside of its 2016 premiere.
Over on CBS, “SEAL Team” topped the audience race during its time period and for the night — but, among adults 18-49, it lagged behind “Star” and ABC’s “Modern Family.” David Boreanaz’s latest drama averaged a 1.5 rating in the key demo and 9.7 million viewers between 9 and 10 o’clock.
The episode was sandwiched in between the season premieres of “Survivor” (1.7 adults) and “Criminal Minds” (1.3 adults).