8:35am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: Fox's 'Star' Closer to 'Lethal Weapon' Than 'Empire' in Official Launch
With Fox's Empire off the dial for the rest of the winter, ABC stepped in to win the first Wednesday of 2017.
The network also found another good match for the 10 p.m. hour with this past summer's Match Game. The game show revival, hosted by Alec Baldwin, nabbed a steady 1.3 rating among adults 18-49 and 4.9 million viewers in its in-season launch. That was after improved showings for all four comedies: The Goldbergs (1.7 adults), Speechless (1.7 adults), Modern Family (2.3 adults) and Black-ish (1.7 adults).
Without the mighty Empire, Fox still managed to pull a solid No. 2 for the night with Lethal Weapon and the official premiere of Lee Daniels drama Star. The sister series to Empire was down 25 percent from its post-Empire sampling three weeks ago, averaging a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49 with its smaller lead-in. Still, it grew on that lead-in. Star was up slightly from Lethal Weapon, which returned to an even 1.4 rating in the key demo.
NBC kicked off the night with an even Blindspot (1.1 adults), followed by a boosted Law & Order: SVU (1.5 adults) and a slightly dampened Chicago P.D. (1.5 adults). On CBS, Undercover Boss nabbed an even 1.2 rating among adults 18-49 before new outings of Criminal Minds (1.3 adults) and Code Black (1.0 adults).
Frequency was the only new entry for The CW. It took a 0.2 rating among adults 18-49.