Empire’s Season Two Finale Ratings Rise Substantially
I guess Empire hasn’t lost all its shine in its second season after all. According to preliminary ratings, Fox’s once unstoppable juggernaut has returned to its former glory, securing a 4.0 demo for its somewhat controversial season finale. The hip-hop drama also increased its viewership, pulling in just over 10.8 million
suckers in the advertiser coveted 18-49 age group.
The show has struggled quite a bit in its second season, at one point dropping down to a 3.2 demo, and a season low of 8.7 million viewers. Generally nothing to sneeze at, unless you factor in a year ago they had twice the viewers and a whopping 6.0 demo, a feat only The Walking Dead has accomplished in a recent memory.
The show’s Jamal fake-out clearly didn’t turn off longtime fans, who returned in droves to watch him recover pretty quickly from the gun shot womb he sustained in the penultimate episode.
Having Jussie Smollett tweet about leaving the show, insinuating his character was being killed off in the finale, was in poor taste, but given the shadiness of network television these days I can’t say I’m shocked.
Empire now goes on hiatus for the next few months, and will return for its third season in September. In it’s Wednesday night, 8pm stead will be Fox’s reboot of the 1980’s buddy-cop film, Lethal Weapon, starring Damon Wayans and Clayne Crawford.