‘Empire’ Season Debut Gives Fox Big Night

The second-season premiere episode of the hit show averaged a 6.5 adults 18-49 rating at 9 p.m., according to Nielsen overnights, its second-best rating ever. That was up 71% from last season’s premiere.


New Fox And ABC Shows Rise On Sunday

Two new Sunday shows posted stronger ratings this week than last, but couldn’t beat March Madness on CBS. Fox’s Last Man Standing surged 17% from last week for its first episode, averaging a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating at 9 p.m. The show’s second episode, at 9:30, was even to last week with a 1.6. Earth tied 60 Minutes as the No. 1 non-sports show of the night, topping ABC’s Once Upon a Time, which posted a 1.8 at 8 p.m., even to last week. ABC’s new drama Secrets & Lies was also up from last week, rising 7% to a 1.5 and tying its series high.


NBC Wins Third Straight Monday Night

NBC remains the network to beat on Monday night, though CBS has the night’s biggest show. NBC’s combination of The Voice and The Blacklist drew a 3.3 adults 18-49 rating and 10 share last night in primetime, 27% ahead of No. 2 CBS, which posted a 2.6/8. Voice posted a 3.6, down from a 4.0 last week, while lead-out Blacklist held steadier with a 2.7, off a tenth from last week. CBS’s The Big Bang Theory was easily the night’s top show with a 4.4 at 8 p.m., down 8% from last week.