Wednesday TV Ratings: ‘Empire’ Rises in 8 p.m. Timeslot, ‘Star’ Strong in Debut

Wednesday TV Ratings: Fox’s ‘Empire’ closes out 2016 on a strong note in an earlier time slot while helping newcomer ‘Star’ find its footing.

After suffering a series of declines in recent weeks, the winter finale of Fox’s Empire attracted 7.6 million total viewers and 2.7 demo rating in the night’s 8 p.m. hour. In its earlier hour, Empire managed to rise 10 percent and two tenths from last’s week’s new episodes which managed to deliver a pair of series lows.

Leading out of Empire, Fox’s special Star premiere preview attracted 6.7 million total viewers and a 2.2 demo rating – even with Lethal Weapon‘s September premiere which bowed at 8 p.m. as Fox’s opener. What will be interesting to see is how Star manages to hold up when it has to face off against stiffer competition come January.

Here’s how the night’s other new outings fared:

ABC: The Goldbergs’ fall finale kicked off the night with 6.1 million total viewers and a 1.7 demo rating, rising 13 percent week-to-week. Leading out, Speechless (5.4 mil/1.6) rose 17 and 23 percent as Modern Family (6.8 mil/2.0) fell two-tenths from its most recent outing. A new black-ish (5.5 mil/1.6) was up 30 and 33 percent while the fall finale of Designated Survivor (6.2 mil/1.2) rise 19 and 9 percent to its largest audience since October 12.

CBS: The Survivor season finale kicked off the night with 9.1 million total viewers and a 2.0 demo rating, falling four percent and two tenths from its year-ago finale. Leading out, the series’ reunion special averaged 6.6 million total viewers and a 1.4 demo rating, ticking down a tenth.

NBC: Over on NBC, A Pentatonix Christmas Special kicked off the night to 7.5 million total viewers and a 1.4 demo rating – narrowly coming up short from besting Empire‘s finale audience. Leading out, the network’s Saturday Night Live Christmas special pulled in 5.7 million total viewer and a 1.5 demo rating.

Which of this Wednesday’s new offerings did you choose to tune into this week? Do you think Empire would fare better in the 8 p.m. time slot and what did you think of Fox’s new musical drama Star? Keep the conversation going in the comments section below!