On a casting front the FOX series ‘Empire’ is fronted by two of Hollywood’s more respectable players, Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson.
Unfortunately, it seems that not even their star power or Lee Daniels‘ Academy Award winning magic can stop the show’s descent on a ratings front.
Bad news for the series below…
The show’s second season has been rocked by complaints made by viewers which take aim at its storylines and the quality of the writing behind them.
If its show runners had ignored these grievances now would be good a time for them to sit up and pay attention. For, they have lost 1.3 million viewers…in seven days.
Last week’s episode picked up 11.3 million eyes marking a new low for its ratings since its Thanksgiving mid-season finale. Alas, this episode has now been robbed of its “title” because this week’s episode sunk even lower when it picked up 10 million viewers…its second lowest number to date.
The show averaged a 3.8 rating/12 share in adults 18-49 and 10.0 million viewers overall in the 9 o’clock hour, down about 10% from last week. While this demo score figures to be high enough to finish No. 1 for the week, this represented the show’s second lowest score to date (behind only a Thanksgiving eve episode that did a 3.2). One week after having the penultimate episode of “American Idol” as its lead-in, “Empire” last night more than tripled its lead-in from “Rosewood” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 4.4 million viewers overall), which was down 0.2 from its prior original (on the night of the “Empire” return).
Despite its dip, the series continues to fare much better than its highbrow ABC rival ‘How To Get Away With Murder’, but now seems unable to reach numbers it pulled in with ease during its first season in which its highest-rated airing pulled in 17.62 million viewers.