8:37am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Empire' Steady Against Dipping CMA Awards for Wednesday Win
Wednesday wasn't an outright win for Fox, with ABC's airing of the CMA Awards stretching over three hours of primetime, but Empire still emerged as the night's highest-rated series.
With a steady 4.6 rating among adults 18-49, the drama had a handsome margin of victory over ABC's music fest — which averaged a 3.8 rating in the key demo, off more than 15 percent from last year. The race for most watched went to ABC, which saw the CMAs average 14.4 million to Empire's 11.6 million viewers.
All of the eyeballs fixed to the CMAs didn't do much to dampen the rest of the broadcast lineup, though all the Wednesday series faced the World Series this time last week.
CBS saw steady episodes of Survivor (2.0 adults) and Code Black (1.2 adults) on either side of Criminal Minds (1.4 adults), though that series was off two-tenths of a point from the previous outing.
The Mysteries of Laura (1.2 adults) was up by two-tenths of a point on NBC before steady episodes of Law & Order: SVU (1.5 adults) and Chicago P.D. (1.4 adults).
Fox's Rosewood was even with its pre-World Series showing of a 1.5 rating in the key demo — and, on The CW, Arrow (1.0 adults) held steady as Supernatural (0.6 adults) dropped two-tenths of a point.