9:39am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Empire' Hits New Low, Rockefeller Shines for NBC
It wasn't all doom and gloom at 30 Rockefeller Plaza on Wednesday. Though the day marked the demise of Matt Lauer's longtime tenure at the NBC headquarters, it ended with the annual Christmas tree lighting.
The event held its 2016 score among adults 18-49 and boasted the No. 2 night with its 1.7 rating in the key demo. It was also the most watched hour of the night, scoring 9 million viewers. The rest of the NBC schedule included new episodes of Law & Order: SVU (1.5 adults) and Chicago P.D. (1.3 adults).
CBS won the night with back-to-back episodes of Survivor. The reality show topped all others at 8 p.m. with a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49, dipping just a tenth of a point in its second hour. CBS capped off the night with a holiday special of its own, Bruno Mars: 24K Magic Live at the Apollo.
Slipping four-tenths of a point in the key demo to a new series low was Empire. The Fox drama limped in with a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49 and just over 5 million viewers. It's a steep fall for the once-dominant series, and its time-shifted audience has waned with its linear one. Season-to-date, Empire ranks No. 8 among broadcast scripted series. Neighbor Star held its recent score, a 1.2 in the key demo.
ABC had new episodes of The Goldbergs (1.4 adults), Speechless (1.1 adults), Modern Family (1.6 adults), American Housewife (1.0 adults) and Designated Survivor (0.7 adults). The first 90 minutes of the night were steady with their latest showings, but Housewife and Designated Survivor both took steep drops. On The CW, Riverdale (0.5 adults) and Dynasty (0.2 adults) held.