Don’t Tell 50 Cent, “Empire” Reaches Series Low In Ratings

Published: October 19, 2017

Fox’s “Empire” TV series needs to power up. Last night, the popular Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson-starring show suffered a series low in ratings.

According to reports, “Empire” brought in just under 6 million viewers.

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)

Last week, “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)

The “Empire” premiere brought in just under seven million viewers.

Airing at 8 p.m., “Empire’s” Season 4 premiere averaged a 2.4 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.9 million total viewers. That is down by close to 40 percent in both measures compared to the Season 3 premiere (4.2, 10.9 million), but approximately even with the Season 3 finale (2.5, 6.9 million). (Variety)

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