Fast National ratings for Wednesday, February 25, 2015.
With "Survivor" coming in to seemingly inevitably take a bite out of "American Idol," this looked like a good week for FOX to finally suffer a tiny Wednesday night decline.
While "American Idol" posted a very small drop against the latest "Survivor" premiere, "Empire" remained an unfathomable force-of-nature, rising yet again in both viewers and the key demo as FOX was up week-to-week in dominating Wednesday in all measures.
The "Survivor" finale was down in young viewers from the fall launch, but not by enough to even acknowledge. The "Survivor" audience is what it is -- actually up a hair overall -- and in Season 30, that's mighty impressive. On the sadder side, even on a better night and with a lead-in, "The Amazing Race" failed to get much for a bump for its latest premiere, before heading back to Friday.
There were nice Wednesday bumps for headily promoted episodes of "The Goldbergs" and "Modern Family," while in the always tight 10 p.m. race, "Chicago PD" was able to edge out "Nashville," in part because "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" grew without "Criminal Minds."
On to the numbers...