FOX‘s ‘Empire’ shows no signs of crumbling.
Season 3 of the music drama made its much touted return to the small screen last night and it did so to large ratings.
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Per TV By The Numbers, the Lee Daniels production remains the #1 scripted show on broadcast TV after premiering 10.80 million viewers. It achieved a 4.1 rating in the all important 18-49 demographic.
Though well below the 16 million who tuned into the season 2 debut (which earned the 2015 broadcast a 6.7 rating), yesterday’s figure is in line with last season’s finale. An indication that there’s been little-to-no drop off with the show’s core viewership.
What’s more, network execs will no doubt be pleased that the return of ‘Empire’ helped them crush any and all competition on the night.
With high-profile appearances from the likes of Mariah Carey set for the third season, all eyes will be on whether Taraji P. Henson, Terrence Howard, and co can maintain the momentum.