Though its total audience is nothing earth-shattering, Empire's demo number is basically unprecedented for a typical hour of a broadcast drama in 2015. That's not quite Walking Dead numbers, at least not yet, but it's bigger than The Big Bang Theory. If recent time-shifting data holds, Empire is now in a safe position to end the season as broadcast's top scripted show.
Viewers are still coming on board the series, even as the season finale approaches. Fox cites 100,000 new views of Empire's premiere episode per day on VOD, Hulu and the FoxNow app.
'Empire' Premiere: For Better or Worse, Fox's Hip-Hop Soap Gives Us Plenty to Chew On
The race for runner-up goes to ABC, which saw Modern Family (3.4 adults) and Black-ish (2.3 adults) hold steady against Empire. In the 8 p.m. hour, The Middle (2.2 adults) rose two-tenths of a point from last week before an even The Goldbergs (2.5 adults). Nashville (1.4 adults) ended the night steady.
Wednesday also brought the premiere of CSI: Cyber on CBS. The latest effort for the procedural franchise averaged a respectable 1.8 rating among adults 18-49 and 10.3 million viewers -- both significant improvements for the time period previously occupied by Stalker. It also retained a great deal of its lead-in, Criminal Minds (1.9 adults), steady with its last episode. Survivor was also steady in its second week.
This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.