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.
1/11 update: FOX has renewed Empire for a fourth season. Details here.
5/25 update: You can see the rest of the latest night’s ratings.
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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?
When I first watched Empire I had a new tv series I couldn’t wait till show time like,”The Wire.” That was my show. I could never get tired of watching the re-runs, like re-watching the music video”snitch *****.” The streets mixed with the music business was real and gangsta as it gets!!! I wrote as many people to keep the wire going because it was good to the end. But Empire season finale was straight up bull ****!!! I am rollin with “Power” they keep it hottt….Empire fell off!!!! When I 1st tuned in I didn’t like the gay scenes.… Read more »
Never like story but I love music it really good show very exciting for them very different keep guess which character is crazier.
First of all there was limited advertising to watch; Having breaks in middle of season loses viewers; it became too uncomfortable to watch two men kissing. That was extreme and not well received by many people. These are big issues that if fixed could raise ratings. Hopefully we will see these changes.
Cancel it please
over the past 2 yrs, this sow has LOST 70 percent of its audience
Empire is trash, the plot is the same, it just keeps regurgitating itself. And what’s with Lucious hair lol… he looks like a Billy Dee Williams wanna be, plus he can’t act his way out of a paper bag. I’m glad Tarji said a couple of weeks ago that she is tired of Cookie and wants to move on. Now don’t get me wrong, Empire is a story that can be told, but I’m just tired of how black folks are being depicted on TV, including the so called, reality TV. If we had a better balance of black shows… Read more »
The show needs to go in the trash bin. Its garbage!
Please don’t cancel show. You need to have Cookie and Luscious get back together. Have Jamal not be gay and get with Demi Moores daughter.
I stopped watching this after they got rid of the only white actress on the show. Then having to watch the producers and actors have to add their political views. Also, when will you get rid of that useless Gabby.
This is the best show. Don’t ever stop broadcasting the show. I am not a TV person but that episode has been keeping on my couch whenever it is aired. Can’t even go to the bathroom so I don’t miss anything. Taraji is my favorite. Strong personality.
This show has you looking forward to Wednesday night TV time, please don’t cancel keep them coming more more!!!!!!!!
shouldnt even be questioned.. renew!!!! lovvve this show
I love this show I’m sorry but I have to watch it on Hulu after my kids go to bed. It’s one of the best shows that I have seen on network television in a very long time I hope u come back with season 4 I’m dying to no what happens please let me see more u can’t let it end like that. It would be really ****** to let all of us hang like that and truly I will stop watching fox network. I may only be one person but wait there will be more if it happens.
The show is garbage and I hope you’re joking. TRASH
Empire needs to be renewed it’s the best show on TV
I think it’s not right the way you guys look at the ratings to discuss if it should be renewed or cancelled….. there is millions of people in the world and some of them do not have the privilege to watch empire when it’s on live broadcast some of them sooner or later watches it on different platforms whether it’s downloading it from a website or watching it live.. you should consider those ratings as well not just from broadcasting numbers only. Think about all people out their don’t have direct access to such entertainment.
Obviously you don’t work in the entertainment industry such as TV but networks go by ratings because ratings help with advertising partnerships which is how shows are paid for. When you say downloading, those people are illegal/pirating the show unless they’re watching it on Hulu or Netflix. The entertainment industry doesn’t give a damn about people, they give a damn about money as all human beings do. So if the show is down on ratings, it’s will lose money. If they lose money then they will cut the show and then you can hope Netflix or Hulu picks it up.
That’s bull**** maybe they should get a better rating system. I’m a mother of 2 small girls and they do not sleep I watch this show hopefully on thursday at roughly midnight-4am wen I can watch it in peace.
You said it .. I agree
Seen it’s day. I’m bored already. You can take entitled idiots for just so long.
You bored of it…. try Lucifer season 1 and 2 now that’s one devilish character