Is the Breakout Hit of the Broadcast Season Finally Cooling Off? Yes … and No

Mar 12, 2015  •  Post A Comment

The broadcast television season’s biggest breakout hit saw one streak come to an end, while it extended another one.

The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that the freshman Fox drama “Empire” saw its “nearly unprecedented eight-week growth streak” in the key 18-49 demo come to an end this week.

“Wednesday’s episode brought in a 5.6 rating among adults 18-49, per Fast National Nielsen returns,” THR reports. “That’s off a tenth from last week’s initial score. As has been the custom for the past week weeks, the slight ‘American Idol’ spillover into the hour likely means that final ratings this afternoon will give ‘Empire’ even bigger number. It will have to rise to a 5.8 to tie last week’s official rating, the series high.”

The broadcast — the second-to-last installment of the show’s smash first season — did post another gain in total viewers, however.

“With a tentative 14.7 million viewers, ‘Empire’ is already pacing well ahead of last week’s final score among total viewers: 14.33 million,” THR reports.

Ratings should be strong again next week, with a two-hour season finale scheduled.


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