Fox's "Empire" is going through a rough patch. The popular TV show has suffered a series low in ratings following Wednesday night's broadcast.
According to reports, the show managed to win the night but suffered unusually low viewers with its latest episode.
"Empire" hit a new series low in live-plus-same-day ratings on Wednesday night for Fox, while the network's event series "Shots Fired" remained steady from last week. According to Nielsen data, "Empire" pulled in a 2.2 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.3 million viewers, which represents approximately an 8% dip in the demo from last week and 9% in total viewers. (Variety)
Last week, "Empire" suffered a slight blow in overall ratings.
Still the highest-rated show of the night (though by thinner margins than usual), Fox's hip-hop drama was down 14% from last week's winter break return to hit a series low. For a declining blockbuster like Empire, which has seen more than a few lows in its current third season, to put blame on its lead-in is thin gruel; the fact is the second week of Shots Fired (1.0/4) saw the limited series go down just a tenth from its March 22 debut. (Deadline)
A week prior, "Empire" enjoyed a huge viewership in its season three return.
Empire ruled the night in its return to Fox's lineup, clocking a 2.8 demo rating, which was up a notch from the 2.7 logged by its fall finale in the 8 PM hour back on December 14, and up 12% compared to its last fall original in its regular timeslot (2.5) last December 7. But Empire tumbled a precipitous 42% from its year-ago spring return, when it registered 4.8 at 9 PM on March 30, 2016, according to Nielsen's fast-national stats. (Deadline)
In January, "Empire" received the green light for a fourth season renewal.
Empire was renewed for a fourth season by Fox, the network announced at the 2017 Winter TCA Press Tour on Wednesday. In December, Empire's fall finale, which aired an hour earlier at 8 p.m. to help launch co-creator Lee Daniels' new show Star, garnered 7.57 million viewers. The decision to renew the musical drama was surely a no-brainer for Fox, as it's TV's no. 1 broadcast drama, a title its held for the last three seasons in the all-important adults 18-49 demo. (E! News)
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