Ratings: Empire Hits Even Higher Notes, Stalker Ticks Up, ABC and NBC Dip

Empire Ratings Hit

That happy tune Fox was singing a week ago? It just got louder.

The musical-drama Empire this Wednesday drew 10.3 million total viewers and a 4.0 demo rating, rising 4 percent and two tenths from its already-strong debut.

Might Fox announce a Season 2 pick-up at TCA this Saturday? Stay tuned!

Opening Fox’s night, American Idol (10.7 mil/2.9) dipped just 3 percent and a tenth from last Thursday’s batch of auditions. Week to week, it was down 4 and 9 percent.


CBS | The Mentalist (9.4 mil/1.3) added a few eyeballs while steady in the demo. Criminal Minds (10.2 mil/2.2) and Stalker (7.8 mil/1.5) both returned up in viewers plus a tenth in the demo.

NBC | Mysteries of Laura (6.3 mil/1.1) dipped 7 percent and two tenths (to a series low), SVU (6.8 mil/1.3) slipped 13 percent and three tenths and Chicago PD (6.7 mil/1.5) was down 10 percent and a tenth.

ABC | The Middle (7.8 mil/2.2) and black-ish (6.6 mil/2.0, a series low) each dipped one tenth, while The Goldbergs (7.2 mil/2.3) and Modern Family (9.3 mil/3.0) both slipped two tenths.

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  1. Tran says:

    Don’t know what CBS is going to do about Stalker but the network execs will make a decision soon whether the series gets renewed or canceled. In my opinion, Stalker to me is like a carbon copy of Criminal Minds and not-so-good performances by Maggie Q and Dylan McDermott. Where does the series go from here?

  2. puck says:

    Empire is delicious! Taraji is fantastic and I loved that scene with her in the limo and the shout out to her old POI role “Carter”. Now all we need is a guest appearance by John Reese and then you can call the warden because I’m full. YUMMY!

  3. RMR says:

    OMFG Empire! FOX must be hyperventilating, unreal numbers! I’m happy for Taraji. :)

  4. dude says:

    Love Empire so I’m glad! That said, I feel like the uptick is attributed to the positive buzz it got last week so we’ll see how many of the newbies stick around although I hope Empire pulls a Scandal and just continuously goes up in ratings.

  5. Boiler says:

    I haven’t watched Empire but if it is musically oriented how is it different from Glee and its current ratings disaster. Or maybe it is as simple as someone different producing??

  6. Taylor says:

    Matt, I just wanted to let you know that according to TV By The Numbers Empire got a 4.0 in the 18-49 demographic, not 3.9.

  7. Candice says:

    And people thought Empire would decrease. LOL. That’s great. I hope they do announce an early renewal.

  8. Shira says:

    If only Empire and Nashville were on the same network Nashville would have finally had a good fitting lead in and we all would have had a good music night…a girl can dream :)

  9. Antwon says:

    Fox has to be doing cartwheels right now. Most new shows just maintain or dip a bit after the premiere….Empire actually went up and they won the night in demos. They also crushed American Idol. I think a season 2 renewal is a done deal. I am so glad this shows that there is an interest in shows featuring people of color. Fox certainly needs the diversity.

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  11. monieet says:

    Taraji was on fire. Empire great acting, directing, writing and cast chemistry. I have moved this show to the top of my DVR recording. Lee Daniels – You get it right and deliver. Daniel Strong – love your work and vision (acting & writing). Renew this Empire!

    • lechatnoir says:

      Taraji , is setting the whole place on fire. This episode was just as good as the last one . I needed more immediately . Taraji is going to carry this entire show . I hope Shonda Rhymes will snap her up .

  12. Ronnie says:

    I told myself I wasn’t going to watch Empire because I simply don’t have enough time with all of my other shows plus writing a dissertation. Then, I caught the premiere, and Taraji pulled me in like a force of nature! When she called Jamal’s boyfriend “Dora” last night I knew it was pointless to resist. lol I’m sad to say, I’m already hooked.

  13. Hopeful says:

    It appears that Blackish is suffering by being up against Empire. Most people are not going to watch a show for half an hour and then switch over to Blackish. I know I just have to catch it on DVR. Hope those DVR numbers keep Blackish afloat.

    • HAP says:

      You’re forgetting that Black-ish already has a major lead in with Modern Family. If anything, you might consider folks would watch MF and then switch over to Empire.

      • Hopeful says:

        Yes, but Blackish has had that lead-in for the entirety of its existence. The numbers have gone down in the last two weeks since Empire started.

      • naat says:

        That’s actually what I do for live viewing. I watch MF, switch to Empire during the commercials, then do it opposite when Black-ish comes on. I’m still afraid of the DVR machine. Black-ish was pretty good last night too.

  14. Netty says:

    I have not started watching Empire yet but I’m hoping to do so when/if it gets renewed for a 2nd season. I’m loving these numbers though, Super awesome and happy for Taraji and Terrence.

  15. relaxxx says:

    Congratulations all around to Empire. The writing, acting, singing, rapping, everything is amazing. I am so impressed with the fact that the actors are so multi talented. Cookie steals the show every time. I hope fox doesn’t muck this up some how!

  16. kmw says:

    I didn’t see Empire rising this week, good for them. I do not see this crashing anytime soon, and now there might be a very good chance it will renewed at the TCA”S. FOX has to be extremely happy with the results so far. It is even beating its lead in by a wide margin( I know Idol is not what it once was, but still). It still has a long way to go but it looks promising

  17. Tracy says:

    This show is much more than a musical. It’s touches on so many real life issues, especially ones no openly talks about:
    Mental disorders, homosexuality: biracial marriage, ALS, manipulating parents, ungrateful spoiled rich kids, drug abuse and on and on. Great actors! This show has you sitting on the edge of your seat. I wish I could see the entire series in one day!

  18. Ida Fleming says:

    Y’all make a great team acting together. When y’all together it humors me because you both have a smart mouth! TaRhonda you are with the best Tarji is a great actor! I love everything she acts in

  19. Joy Davidson says:

    CBS needs to renew Stalker now!