11:04am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Law & Order' Improves, 'Empire' Holds Even
After a bit of a delay for Nielsen's Fast National ratings, details for broadcast's Wednesday night paint a very similar picture to last week.
Empire led all of broadcast with an average 3.6 rating among adults 18-49, the same score it pulled last week, giving Fox a win for the night coupled with a steady Rosewood (1.1 adults).
The ABC comedy block of The Middle (1.6 adults), The Goldbergs (1.8 adults), Modern Family (2.1 adults) and Black-ish (1.6 adults) was again steady — as was drama Nashville (0.9 adults).
A steady Survivor averaged a 2.1 rating among adults 18-49 on CBS. And, with Criminal Minds off for the season, the network aired back-to-back episodes of spinoff Beyond Borders. The drama was steady in its regular 10 p.m. time slot, with a 1.1 rating in the key demo, though pulling that same number in the 9 o'clock hour (with the strong Survivor lead-in) certainly underwhelms during a week that will see its fate decided.
NBC saw the biggest shift for the night with Law & Order: SVU. The drama rose three-tenths of a point from last week's season low, averaging a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49 between steady outings of Heartbeat (0.7 adults) and Chicago PD (1.4 adults).
The CW offered up new episodes of Arrow (0.8 adults) and Supernatural (0.7 adults).