'Empire,' 'Survivor' lead Wednesday ratings

'Empire' dominated the national ratings easily, but it had competition locally from 'Survivor'

UPDATED: "Empire" dominated the Wednesday ratings nationally, but the Fox drama had competition locally from "Survivor."

The latest travails of Cookie and Lucious drew 12.2 million total viewers to "Empire," which posted a 4.7 rating with the 18-to-49 age group. ABC's "Modern Family" was second with young adults with a 2.7. And Fox projected that the "Empire" audience will grow to 23.9 million when delayed viewing is compiled across various platforms.

CBS offered the strongest competition to Fox with "Survivor" (9.1 million total viewers), "Criminal Minds" (9.1 million) and "Code Black" (7 million).

The prime-time averages for the networks: Fox with 8.6 million total viewers, CBS with 8.4 million, NBC with 6.6 million, ABC with 6 million and The CW with 2.2 million. Fox won the 18-to-49 age group easily, thanks to "Empire," and ABC edged CBS for second.

Fox won despite a tepid performance from "Rosewood," which drew 5 million total viewers.

NBC's best were "The Mysteries of Laura" with 6.9 million, followed by "Chicago P.D." with 6.6 million and "Law & Order: SVU" with 6.2 million.

"Modern Family" was ABC's best with 7.9 million total viewers. ABC also aired "The Middle" (7.1 million), "The Goldbergs" (6.4 million), "black-ish" (5.7 million) and "Nashville" (4.5 million).

The CW had an above-average night with "Arrow" (2.5 million) and "Supernatural" (1.9 million).

In Orlando, "Survivor" was tops with 149,058 total viewers. "Empire" was a close second with 144,876. Rounding out the top five were "Criminal Minds" with 111,754, "The Mysteries of Laura" with 103,973 and "Law & Order: SVU" with 99,586.

But "Empire" was the overwhelming favorite with the local 18-to-49 age group. Telemundo's "Celia" was second in that count, and it was followed by "Survivor," "Modern Family" and FX's "American Horror Story: Hotel."

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