8:36am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Empire' Finale Pops, 'Dirty Dancing' Does OK on ABC
Empire may have shed a significant portion of its linear viewers during its third season, but it ended the run on a strong note — easily topping Wednesday, the last night of the 2016-17 broadcast season.
The Fox drama closed it out with an average 2.4 rating among adults 18-49, a two-tenths of a point lift from the penultimate episode, and 6.9 million viewers. All told, it was the drama's best same-day showing since March. With lead-in Shots Fired (0.9 adults), Fox narrowly came in No. 2 in the demo for the night behind CBS.
CBS saw Survivor close on steady footing, averaging a 1.9 rating among adults 18-49 and drawing the night's biggest audience: 8.6 million viewers. A live post-show earned a 1.4 rating in the key demo.
The long gestating Dirty Dancing musical premiered on ABC to a so-so 1.3 rating in the key demo and 6.6 million viewers. It's impossible to judge the telepic against other musical stagings on competing networks, as all of those aired live. For ABC, it marked the network's most watched Wednesday in almost seven months.
NBC banged out back-to-back episodes of Law & Order: SVU, which rose in its second hour from a 1.3 to a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49.
On The CW, Arrow (0.6 adults) and The 100 (0.3 adults) were both modestly lifted.