A freshman show that has been declared the breakout hit of the broadcast season continues to build on its ratings momentum. The Los Angeles Times reports that the Fox drama “Empire” topped the Wednesday night ratings, expanding on its total viewership and its numbers in the key 18-49 demo.
Wednesday’s results marked the eight consecutive week of growth for the series.
The show delivered a 5.7 rating in 18-49, rising 6% from last week, the report notes, citing Nielsen data. It rose 2% in total viewers, to 14.2 million.
“Created by Academy Award nominee Lee Daniels and Emmy Award winner Danny Strong, the show follows music tycoon Luscious Lyon (Terrence Howard),” the Times notes. “After being diagnosed with a terminal illness, Luscious has to decide how to divvy up his business among his three sons: Jamal (Jussie Smollett), Andre (Trai Byers) and Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray).”
The program is up 50% in total viewers since its premiere episode. Fox said the premiere continues to attract about 100,000 views daily on Hulu, Fox Now and VOD.
Fox was No. 1 in prime time Wednesday night among the broadcast nets with 11.5 million total viewers and a 3.8 rating in the 18-49 demo.
“The network also aired ‘American Idol,’ which fell 19% in the key demo from last Wednesday’s episode,” the Times notes. “The singing competition tied for seventh with a rating of 2.1 in the key demo. It was seventh-most-watched overall with 8.75 million viewers.”
ABC came in second in 18-49 with a 2.2 average, and fourth overall with 7.2 million viewers. CBS was second in total viewers with 10.2 million, while placing third in 18-49 with a 2.0.