Wednesday TV Ratings: ‘Law & Order: SVU’, ‘Arrow’ Dip to Series Lows

Wednesday TV Ratings: ‘Law & Order: SVU’, ‘Arrow’ tick down to series lows, ‘Nashville’ inches up as ‘Survivor’ edges out ‘Empire’ for the first time this season.

Law & Order: SVU returned from its latest hiatus to 5.2 million total viewers and a 1.1 demo rating, falling 15 and 21 percent from its most recent outing. Wednesday’s new Law & Order: SVU managed to tie and hit series low for NBC’s long-running procedural. Leading out, Chicago P.D. (6.2 mil/1.2) fell 8 and 20 percent to a series low in the demo.

A new Heartbeat opened the night to 4.1 million total viewers and a 0.7 demo rating, holding steady in the week-to-week.

Here’s how Wednesday’s other new offerings fared:

ABC: Over on ABC, new episodes of The Middle (6.9 mil/1.7), The Goldbergs (6.6 mil/1.9) and Modern Family (7.4 mil/2.2) were steady with The Middle holding onto last week’s season low in the demo. A new black-ish (5.6 mil/1.6) packed on a handful of new viewers while ticking up a tenth in the demo, while Nashville (3.9 mil/0.9) ticked up a tenth.

CBS: A new Survivor kicked off the night with a steady 9.4 million total viewers and a 2.1 demo rating, narrowly edging out Empire for the night’s biggest audience. Criminal Minds followed with 8.8 million total viewers and a 1.8 demo rating, was even with its most recent season finale while a new Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (6.8 mil/1.2) was steady.

Fox: Rosewood (4.3 mil/1.6) kicked off Fox’s night down 12 percent and a tenth. Leading out, Empire (9.3 mil/3.6) fell 7 percent and two tenths to its smallest audience since November 25, 2015.

The CW: A new Arrow opened the night with 2.08 million total viewers and a 0.7 demo rating, ticked down in total viewers while falling two tenths in the demo to a series low. Leading out, Supernatural attracted 1.5 million total viewers and a 0.6 demo rating, slipping to a season low in the demo.