FOX really needed a ratings hit and last season, Empire delivered. The music drama started out strong and the numbers just kept getting better each week. The season finale delivered ratings highs and it became the highest-rated show on broadcast television in the coveted 18-49 demographic. Will the numbers continue to climb in season two or will they fall? Could last season have been a fluke? Could Empire be cancelled or is it almost guaranteed to be renewed for a third season? 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, Kaitlin Doubleday, 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.
1/15 update: FOX has renewed Empire for a third season.
5/19 update: You can see the rest of the latest night’s ratings.
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For comparisons: The first season of Empire averaged a 5.09 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 12.97 million total viewers.
Note: 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 on FOX? Do you think it should be cancelled or renewed for a third season?