TV Ratings: 'Frequency' Premieres Softly as Wednesday Viewership Drops

The CW drama gets off to a soft same-day start, as 'Empire' dips near a series low and few shows see week-to-week stability.
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Wednesday night was unforgiving for many broadcast series, with none showing any improvement from the week before.

Live-plus-same-day scores were down across the board — especially on The CW, which brought the return of Arrow and the premiere of Frequency. Arrow dropped four-tenths of a point in the key demo from its year-ago premiere, averaging a 0.7 rating among adults 18-49 and 1.9 million viewers. That smaller lead-in did not benefit freshman Frequency. The drama arrived shy of No Tomorrow, pulling a 0.4 rating among adults 18-49 and 1.4 million viewers.

Fox led the night, but Empire continues to see small dips. This week it was down to a 3.3 rating among adults 18-49, just ahead of its series low in live-plus-same-day returns, though still easily topping everything else on TV for the night. Barring any significant upward adjustment, Empire will rank No. 2 in broadcast to The Big Bang Theory this week — a first since its meteoric rise in 2015. Lethal Weapon was down three-tenths of a point from last week. But, on the bright side, its 1.7 rating in the key demo puts it above ABC's Designated Survivor as the top freshman drama of the night.

Designated Survivor, off just two-tenths of a point, came in with a 1.6 rating in the key demo. It followed steady episodes of The Goldbergs and Speechless (each with a 1.8 rating), Modern Family (2.2 adults) and Black-ish (1.6 adults).

Survivor earned a 1.8 rating with adults 18-49, off three-tenths of a point, while Criminal Minds took a steep half-point hit from its season premiere for a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49. Code Black's second outing of the season earned a 1.0 rating in the key demo.

NBC saw Blindspot come in even with a 1.3 rating in the key demo. Law & Order: SVU and Chicago P.D. were both off by two-tenths of a point from last week to earn a 1.3 rating with adults 18-49 as well.