Empire Gears Up For Hiatus, Writers Still Haven't Finalized This Season's Ending
"Empire" is getting ready to go ghost and put its writers to work. New reports claim Fox's hit series is set to go on a two to three-week break to finalize the season four script.
According to reports, the behind-the-scenes break officially went down this week.
The break will begin Wednesday, once filming has completed on episode 409, and is expected to last somewhere between two and three weeks. The hiatus is expected to give the writers time to catch up and plot out the eight remaining episodes of the season, beginning with episode 410. (The Hollywood Reporter)
In mid-October, the popular Fox show suffered a series-low in overall ratings.
This week's episode of "Empire" is currently at a new low for the Fox music drama in both key ratings measures, according to Nielsen overnight data. Airing at 8 p.m., "Empire" averaged a 1.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 5.5 million total viewers. While that is not down significantly from last week's episode (2.0, 5.9 million), it is nevertheless below the previous series low set by episode 15 of Season 3 (1.9, 5.6 million). There is of course the possibility that the show will adjust up when the final numbers come in later today. "Empire" has also consistently shown significant lift in delayed viewing. (Variety)
A week prior, "Empire" snagged in 5.9 million total viewers.
On Fox, "Empire" (1.9, 5.9 million) and "Star" (1.5, 4.6 million) were both even with last week. On ABC, "The Goldbergs" (1.4, 5.6 million) was down slightly in the demo, as was "Speechless" (1.1, 4.3 million). "Modern Family" (1.8, 6.2 million), "American Housewife" (1.4, 5 million), and "Designated Survivor" (0.9, 4.6 million) were all even. (Variety)
A few weeks ago, the Taraji P. Henson-starring series managed to beat its competition despite low numbers.
A week ago, the collective 18-49 rating for ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC on Wednesday was down about 30 percent from premiere week in 2016. This week, every show on the Big 4 fell from its premiere rating. "Empire" and "Modern Family" tied for the lead in the demographic with 1.9 ratings, down 0.5 and 0.2 from their respective debuts last week. "Empire" tied its series low, and "Modern Family," which tied "Empire" for the first time, also matched its third-lowest mark ever. (Zap 2 It)
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