Last season, Empire saw some mild declines in the ratings but still had the best demo numbers on network television. Will viewers continue to stick with the soapy series in season three? It’s difficult to imagine that the series could be cancelled any time soon but, how quickly will FOX renew it for a fourth year? Stay tuned.
Empire revolves around Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard), the CEO of a successful hip hop music company, and his family. Lucious has three ambitious sons — business-minded Andre (Trai Byers), gay musician Jamal (Jussie Smollett), and fame-obsessed musician Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray) — as well as an ex-wife named Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) who served time in prison for her husband. In one way or another, they all want to control the family empire. The rest of the cast includes Grace Gealey, Ta’Rhonda Jones, Serayah McNeill, and Gabourey Sidibe.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available — usually the next day, around 11:30am EST/8:30am PST. Refresh to see the latest.
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For comparisons: The second season of Empire averaged a 4.42 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 11.46 million total viewers (live + same day ratings).
Note: These are the Live + Same Day Ratings which include “live” viewing plus delayed DVR viewing, up until 3am local time that same night. Ratings marked with an “*” are the fast affiliate ratings and will be updated with the Live+SD numbers when they are made available. Typically, networks get paid for C+3 ratings which includes DVR viewing within three days of the original airing when commercials are watched. Those numbers are rarely released to the press.
What do you think? Do you like the Empire TV show? Do you think it should be cancelled or renewed for a fourth season?