TV Ratings: 'Empire' Finale Rises, ABC Comedies Steady

Empire S02E18 Still - Publicity - H 2016
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Empire S02E18 Still - Publicity - H 2016

Six shows aired their season finales Wednesday night, but only one saw an uptick in viewers.

Fox's Empire went out with a bang, nabbing a 4.0 rating among adults 18 to 49 (up from a 3.7 rating last week). The drama may have risen week to week, but it's down from its season one finale (6.5 rating and 16.7 million viewers) and its fall finale (4.4 rating and 11.2 million viewers.) Still, the bump extended to Rosewood as well, which was up three tenths of a point from its previous episode. 

Four ABC shows came to the end of their seasons, too, but they did so by staying even week to week: The Middle (1.6 rating), Modern Family (2.1 rating), Black-ish (1.5 rating) and The Goldbergs (1.8 rating).

CBS' Survivor finale (2.1 rating) also was on par with last week.

Also steady was The CW’s Arrow (0.8 rating) and Supernatural (0.7), along with NBC’s Chicago PD (1.4 rating) and since-canceled Heartbeat (0.7 rating). Law & Order: SVU, however, dipped two tenths of a point from a 1.4 rating to a 1.2 rating.

Empire's finale surge help Fox win the night with a 2.7 rating and 9 million total viewers, topping CBS (1.9 rating and 7 million viewers), ABC (1.4 ratings and 5 million viewers), NBC (1.1 rating and 4 million viewers) and The CW (0.7 rating and 3 million viewers.)