TV Ratings: 'Code Black' Unmoved in Return, 'Empire,' 'SVU' and 'Black-ish' Lead Postpremiere Drops

EMPIRE - Terrence Howard - Taraji P. Henson - Season Three Premiere 2 - H - 2016
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Empire led another Wednesday, albeit down the most in its live-plus-same-day showing as another broadcast series for the night.

The Fox drama, which returned atop the heap last week, was off by six-tenths of a point among adults 18-49. It averaged a 3.6 in the key demo. For Empire, that is hovering as close to the series low clocked last Thanksgiving eve as any episode since has come.

Like Designated Survivor on ABC, Lethal Weapon only dipped slightly from last week's debut. The Empire lead-in averaged a 1.9 rating in the key demo and just over 7 million viewers.

On ABC, The Goldbergs held the most steady, with a 1.9 rating among adults 18-49. Black-ish slid the farthest, dropping four-tenths of a point, to a 1.6 rating. In the middle, Speechless (1.8 adults) was off by two-tenths of a point as Modern Family (2.3 adults) fell by three-tenths. Designated Survivor, which rose a full 1.5 ratings points in live-plus-three last week, was off four-tenths of a point in its second night-of showing. It averaged a 1.8 rating in the key demo, quite easily winning the 10 o'clock hour.

CBS offered up the premieres of Criminal Minds (1.8 adults) and Code Black (1.2 adults) on Wednesday. Each show matched its recent finale, but both were down from 2015 premieres. The duo followed Survivor, steady with a 2.1 rating among adults 18-49.

NBC had a steady Blindspot (1.2 adults), while Law & Order: SVU and Chicago PD both averaged a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49. For Chicago, that was on par with the premiere, while SVU dropped a tad from its premiere.