9:27am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Empire' and 'Modern Family' Hit Lows
The long road to the end of the broadcast season is going to generate some bummer headlines for a few TV powerhouses.
Empire nabbed another same-day series low on Wednesday, dropping another three-tenths of a ratings point from last week's low. It averaged a 2.2 rating among adults 18-49. And while that was enough to keep it as the night's highest-rated show, it was outwatched by Survivor, Criminal Minds and Chicago P.D. with 6.3 million viewers. Fox still won the night, with Shots Fired pulling a 0.9 rating in the key demo, but fatigue is evident in the flagship. Empire joins the much more senior Big Bang Theory in its late-season lows.
Speaking of series lows, Modern Family logged one as well. The ABC comedy was also down three-tenths of a point, averaging a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49 in between steady episodes of Speechless and Black-ish (1.3 adults). The Goldbergs was ABC's second-biggest of the night with a 1.5 rating in the key demo. (Designated Survivor earned a flat 1.1 rating in the key demo.)
Survivor was steady on CBS, earning a 1.7 rating among adults 18-49 before equally stable episodes of Criminal Minds (1.2 adults) and spinoff Beyond Borders (0.8 adults).
On NBC, the network had the night's only grower. Chicago P.D. was up two-tenths of a point to a 1.3 rating among adults 18-49 after steady episodes of Blindspot (0.9 adults) and Law & Order: SVU (1.1 adults). The latter is also hovering at a season low, by the way.