Wednesday TV Ratings: EMPIRE Can’t Be Stopped; Plus, CONSTANTINE Not Dead Yet

     February 19, 2015


The TV ratings for Wednesday, February 18th are in. But first, some news:

Constantine, which has suffered from sleepy numbers in its Friday timeslot, was not renewed in NBC’s batch of pickups a few weeks ago, leaving fans to believe it might all be over. But, there is hope! Constatine showrunner Daniel Cerone tweeted that “NBC made some early pickups but #Constantine not canceled. We’ll pitch them our plans for 2nd season in May. Then they decide.”

.@Dragonpiece NBC made some early pickups but #Constantine not canceled. We’ll pitch them our plans for 2nd season in May. Then they decide.

— Daniel Cerone (@DanielVCerone) February 17, 2015

So all is not lost, Constantine fans. Cerone also suggested that to show support, though, fans should watch the 5 available streaming episodes on Hulu and NBC. Cerone is pushing the whole season so far to be made available, hoping to attract new fans. (In fact, he says quite a bit, so you may want to read back in his timeline).

Now, back to Wednesdays ratings; here are some the highlights:

  • empire-pilot-jussie-smollett-byrshere-grayFox’s Empire at 9 p.m. continues to break record after record — this week, it smashed its way to a 5.1 rating in the key 18-49 demographic, and 12.94 million viewers. It wasn’t the show’s best episode, but it did set up some major fallout for next week. Boo Boo Kitty has her claws out!
  • Empire, plus American Idol (which was down 4 percent to a 2.7 rating and 10.45 million viewers) helped Fox win the night both in viewers and in the ratings.
  • On the CW, Arrow stayed steady with a 1.1 rating and 2.81 million viewers at 8 p.m. (who got to see one of Oliver’s worst wigs ever), while The 100 at 9 p.m. is up yet again (20 percent) to 0.6 and 1.55 million viewers.
  • ABC comedies were all over the place: The Middle at 8 p.m. was up 5 percent (2.2 rating and 7.66 million viewers), The Goldbergs at 8:30 p.m. stayed steady (2.2, 6.83 million), Modern Family at 9 p.m. was down 9 percent (3.0, 8.78 million), and black-ish at 9:30 p.m. jumped 5 percent to 2.2 and 6.48 million viewers.
  • The two-hour series finale of The Mentalist on CBS at 8 p.m. had a middling rating of 1.3, but 10.15 million viewers overall.