The World Series was not good to the shows it preempted last week.
Fox: Lethal Weapon (7 million/1.8 rating) picked up some steam, but Empire (8.1 million viewers/2.9 rating) crashed to series lows. Maybe viewers are getting tired of the lack of coherent plot developments.
CBS: Survivor (8.8 million viewers/1.9 rating) and Code Black (6 million/0.9 rating) picked up after facing the World Series last week, while Criminal Minds (7.3 million/1.3 rating) returned down.
NBC: Blindspot (4.9 million/1.0 rating) and Law & Order: SVU (5.5 million/1.3 rating) were down, while Chicago PD (5.7 million/1.3 rating) remained even.
The CW: Arrow (2 million viewers/0.7 rating) perked up, hitting a season high in total viewers, while Frequency (1.1 million viewers/0.3 rating) surged in viewers, but was stable in the demo. The CW would be wise to order an additional few episodes of the show to bridge the gap between the mid-season shows.
ABC: The Goldbergs (6.4 million/2.0 rating), Speechless (5.6 million/1.7 rating) and Modern Family (7.2 million/2.3 rating) were all up, while Black-ish (5.3 million/1.6 rating) stayed even. Designated Survivor (5.3 million viewers/1.2 rating) hit a new series low. The show does pull in a good crowd in delayed viewing, so it should get the Quantico treatment and be renewed.
Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.