Ratings: ‘Survivor: Kaoh Rong,’ ‘Empire’ season 2 even as ‘Law & Order: SVU’ recovers, ‘Chicago PD’ rises

Law & Order: SVU logoThe ratings for Wednesday night’s TV lineup were a little bit delayed, so apologies in advance for not having more to share before now. Yet, we’re now here to do our best at pointing out some of the biggest successes and failures on the night.

The good news – Let us begin here with “Chicago PD,” given that it set up prospective new series “Chicago Justice” up rather well when you consider that it ended up drawing a 1.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic for its backdoor pilot. We’ve long considered a pickup to be more or less a sure thing, and we certainly still do consider that to be the case now. There’s just too much potential with this show, and you’ve also got a stellar lead in Philip Winchester.

Meanwhile, “Law & Order: SVU” (1.4) also rebounded in a big way from its worst outing of the season, and the numbers continue to be good for “Survivor” (2.1) and “Empire” (3.6) as they each move near the end of their seasons.

Also, The CW had two victories as both “Arrow” (0.8) and “Supernatural” (0.7) improved on their most-recent outings.

The bad news – While it’s not miserable news, it is clear that with a pair of 1.1 ratings, “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” is not being given a great shot at survival. We think the show could have had more of a chance, but with a late premiere date and no similar lead-in now, it is largely being set up for failure in favor of CBS keeping “Code Black” around, which is likely going to happen.

(Photo: NBC.)

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