TV Ratings Report: Criminal Minds, Empire Hit Lows

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Criminal Minds returned for its landmark 300th episode on Wednesday night. 

But it appears that viewers were not exactly clamoring for its return. 

The veteran CBS crime-solver returned with a series low 0.7 rating. That's down six-tenths vs. last year's premiere and down two-tenths from its May finale. 


Abducted - Criminal Minds

Will the relative decline of just about everything on CBS keep the series around? Time will tell. 

Seal Team also returned on the downside with a 0.8 rating. It held on to just over half of the lead-in from Survivor. 

That show had a 1.5 rating. 

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Over on Fox, Empire eased four-tenths to a 1.5 rating, marking a new series low. The trend is most definitely not Empire's friend. 

Star was also affected, slipping three-tenths to a 1.2 rating. 

Over on ABC, A Million Little Things was down three-tenths to a worrying 0.8 rating. That's not a good place to be on your second week on the air and does not bode well for a back order. 

Fellow rookie Single Parents went down to a 1.1 rating. 

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Modern Family slipped two-tenths to a 1.4, while The Goldbergs (1.3) and American Housewife (1.2) slipped one-tenth. 

NBC benefited with its Once Chicago crossover pulling in a 1.3 rating in the 8/7c and 9/8c, with each hours up a tenth. 

The final hour was right on par with last week with a 1.2. 

Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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