According to published reports, the pilot episode of “Empire” delivered 9.8 million viewers and a 3.8 rating among the 18-49 crowd, numbers that almost assure the show will more than likely see a second season, especially since it is Fox’s highest rated debut since 2012’s “Touch.”
“Empire” outperformed its “American Idol” lead-in in demographics and retained its rating throughout the hour- meaning people did not eventually tune out. It also bested its “Modern Family” competition and outperformed this season’s much-hyped premiere of “Gotham.” “Empire” also managed to tie “How to Get Away with Murder” as the highest-rated show this season.
This is good news for Fox, which has so far had to cancel three of its new shows, including “Red Band Society,” “Gracepoint” and “Mulaney.”
I got to preview “Empire’s” pilot episode a few weeks back and though it is not my taste, I am happy Taraji finds herself with a certified hit on her hands. I am not happy about the show’s portrayal of Taraji however, just as I wasn’t pleased with “Power’s” portrayal of Naturi Naughton’s character Tasha St. Patrick.
Given both shows are heavily hip-hop based, I can’t say I’m surprised by the ridiculous negativity of the show’s lead black females. Thus, though kudos to Taraji, I won’t personally be tuning in to see this show… ever.