The TV ratings for Wednesday, February 25th are in. Here are some of the highlights.
- Did you believe that Empire could rise even higher? Did you believe that today’s headline would be anything other than Empire crushing all competition? Believe it all! The Fox drama continues its meteoric rise, notching a series high 5.3 rating in the key demo, and 13.75 million viewers at 9 p.m. It has the highest ratings of any broadcast drama since Grey’s Anatomy in 2010, and has grown more than any other new broadcast drama since House in 2004. Get ’em, Cookie!
- Empire, along with American Idol at 8 p.m. (which pulled a 2.6 rating and 10.18 million viewers) helped Fox win the night both in the 18-49 demo, and overall with viewers.
- Arrow‘s completely crazy episode last night was down two tenths, to a 1.0 and 2.9 million viewers at 8 p.m on the CW. The 100 continues to tick up, though, with a 0.6 and 1.79 million viewers at 9 p.m.
- CBS sent out a release today spinning its numbers for the launch of two veteran reality series last night that gave it decent numbers, but only middling ratings. Survivor‘s 90-minute premiere, which started at 8 p.m., brought in a 2.3 and 9.88 million viewers (on par with last year’s premiere), while The Amazing Race at 9:30 p.m. garnered a 1.5 and 6.06 million viewers (on par with its Sunday premiere last year).
- As for the ABC comedies, Modern Family‘s Apple-tech gimmick episode (which I haven’t watched yet, but heard was very good) gave it a boost of three tenths from last week, ending at a 3.4 and 9.3 million viewers at 9 p.m. The Middle at 8 p.m. was down two tenths (2/7.39), The Goldbergs at 8:30 p.m. jumped three tenths (2.5/7.46), and black-ish at 9:30 p.m. ticked up one tenth (2.3/6.72).
- Good and bad news in the 10 p.m. slot: ABC’s Nashville was up a tenth from last week, garnering a 1.4 and 4.88 million viewers, but NBC’s Chicago PD sunk two tenths to 1.5 and 7.35 million viewers.