‘Empire’, The Hip Hop Drama, Premieres To Record Breaking Ratings

| January 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

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With heavyweight actors like Terrance Howard and the lovely Taraji P. Henson it’s no surprise that ‘Empire’ had the best ratings of any new show in a while.

EW.com reports:

After struggling in the ratings this fall, Fox just received some very welcome news: Wednesday night’s hip-hop drama Empire has opened strong.

Blessed with an American Idol lead-in — yet also improving upon it — Empire premiered to 9.8 million viewers and a 3.7 rating among adults 18-49. That’s Fox’s highest-rated series debut in three years (since 2012’s Touch). Empire ranks as the top-rated show in the demo, beating ABC’s Modern Family head-to-head, and grew from its Idol lead-in by 19 percent. Empire outperformed Fox’s heavily hyped Gotham premiere this fall, and managed to retain its rating throughout its hour — another good sign (here’s our review).

As expected, Idol was another story. The music competition series had a downsized hour-long premiere at 8 p.m. that delivered 10.9 million viewers and a 3.1 rating — down 34 percent from last year and marking a series low for a premiere episode of the 15-year-old franchise. In other Idol news, Fox is making episodes available online for the first time.

Until now, Fox has had a very rough season trying to launch new hits. Gotham has performed quite well and has demonstrated stability — a rarity for a serialized drama. Yet its big reality experiment Utopia bombed, as did freshman dramas Red Band Society and Gracepoint, as well as new comedy Mulaney. Given its Idol lead-in, Fox likely felt Empire, which stars Terrence Howard as a music mogul, had the best shot at breaking out, plus was obviously a good thematic companion for its music competition series.

Also Wednesday: CBS’ The Mentalist (1.3) returned modest for its final season and tied the return of NBC’s Mysteries of Laura (1.3) at 8 p.m. ABC’s Goldbergs (2.5) had its second-best numbers ever, but Black-ish (2.1) dipped to tie its low. CBS had its People’s Choice Awards (1.8), down 25 percent this year.

SEE ALSO: The Top five reasons to watch Taraji P. Henson And Terrence Howard In the new Fox drama ‘Empire’

SEE ALSO: Taraji P. Henson Shutdown 50 Cent Attempt To Throw Shade At ‘Empire’-“I Pay Attention To Dollars , NOT Cents”

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Darnell Moore has extensively studied music and urban culture both academically and professionally for over 20 years. His writings and posts have appeared in many major urban publications. Moore is the founder and creator of Memoirs of an Urban Gentleman. Contact him , http://darnellmmusic@gmail.com/ or https://twitter.com/@darnellmmusic/

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