Two High-Profile Broadcast Shows Fall to Record Low Season Finale Numbers

May 24, 2018  •  Post A Comment

Wednesday was a bad night for season finales of two shows that have traditionally been strong performers for their networks. Variety reports that both CBS’s “Survivor” and Fox’s “Empire” fell to their lowest-rated season finales ever.

“The two-hour ‘Survivor’ finale drew a 1.5 [in adults 18-49] and 7.4 million viewers on CBS,” Variety reports. “That is even with last week’s episode and down from the 1.9 and 8.5 million viewers drawn by last season’s finale. That is approximately a 21% drop in the demo and a 13% drop in total viewers. The reunion show that followed drew a 1.1 and 5.6 million viewers, compared to a 1.3 and 5.8 million last season.”

Fox’s “Empire,” which aired at 8 p.m., settled for a 1.6 average rating in 18-49 and 5.2 million viewers, Variety notes.

“That is even in the demo and up a scant few percentage points from the 5.1 million viewers it drew last week,” the publication reports. “In addition, it was down approximately 36% in the demo and 25% in total viewers compared to the Season 3 finale last May. Nevertheless, ‘Empire’ narrowly remained the top-rated show of Wednesday night.”

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