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Arrow ratings: Great night for superhero return

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It was another good night for a CW superhero: the fourth-season return of Arrow saw a 10 percent boost in adults 18-49 versus last year, according to early Nielsen results. The drama averaged a 1.1 rating and 2.6 million viewers.

But Wednesdays continue to be dominated by Empire, Fox’s sophomore drama that finished the night as the No. 1 series in 18-49 and viewers (5.0, 12.9 million). Empire is down slightly from last week (7 percent) but that could be a reflection of its weak lead-in: Rosewood earned a 1.7, down 11 percent from last week, and only 5.6 million viewers. 

Each 18-49 ratings point is worth 1.27 million viewers.

ABC was second in the demo for the night, with only Blackish (1.9, 5.8 million), showing an improvement over last week. Modern Family earned a 2.7, down 10 percent from last week, and 7.8 million viewers.

CBS was third in the demo with Survivor down 17 percent to a series low 2.0 and 8.9 million viewers. The network’s new Code Black at 10 p.m. earned a 1.1 and 6.8 million viewers.

NBC trailed in fourth place with The Mysteries of Laura: (1.1, 7.1 million), Law & Order: SVU (1.5, 7 million), and Chicago PD (1.5, 6.4 million).

On the CW, Supernatural returned with a .9 in the demo and 1.9 million viewers.