Someone Find Cookie, Empire Bounces Back After Series Low Ratings


Someone Find Cookie, Empire Bounces Back After Series Low Ratings

Fox's "Empire" is still standing. The Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard-starring series bounced back in the ratings department following a series-low in viewership last week.

According to new reports, "Empire" is once again in stable condition with strong numbers in the third week of its season three return.

"Empire" ticked up in both key measures this week, with the Fox show bouncing back from last week's series low. The music industry drama averaged a 2.3 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.6 million viewers, up from a 2.2 and 6.4 million last week. It was again the top-rated show of the night, as well as one of the few new broadcast programs to air. (Variety)

Last week, the hit Fox show made headlines for not bringing in its massive audience.

"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)

A couple weeks ago, "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)

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