Empire Season 2 Ratings

Ratings: Empire Returns Up After 4-Month Break, Hits 6-Episode High

Fox’s Empire returned from its four-month break to 12.2 million total viewers and a 4.7 demo rating on Wednesday night, up from its winter finale (11.8 mil/4.5), on par with its Season 2 average (12.3 mil/4.8) and delivering its best numbers since Oct. 21.

TVLine readers gave the spring premiere an average grade of “B+.”

Opening Fox’s night, bubble drama Rosewood (6 mil/1.4) surged to its best demo number since… the last time it led into Empire.

Elsewhere in the ratings….

CBS | Survivor (9.4 mil/2.1) was steady. Criminal Minds (9.3 mil/1.8) slipped 15 and 18 percent with Empire back in the mix, but was up from its last time (8.8 mil/1.6) facing off against the Fox sudser. Beyond Borders (7.3 mil/1.4) dipped a tenth.

THE CW | Arrow (2.4 mil/0.9) rose 14 and 29 percent from last week’s series lows; Supernatural (1.6 mil/0.6) was steady.

NBC | Heartbeat (4.8 mil/0.9) excised a few eyeballs but held steady in the demo. Opposite Empire, SVU (6 mil/1.4) ticked down to its smallest audience in a year and its lowest rating since Nov. 18. Chicago PD (6.7 mil/1.5) was up a tenth.

ABC | Leading out of sitcom reruns, bubble drama Nashville (3.9 mil/0.9) ticked down to its smallest audience ever while steady in the demo.

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  1. Brad says:

    Has empire been renewed yet there numbers are insane

  2. Tori Coop says:

    SVU is such a waste of space on a good Wednesday night of tv.

  3. Tracy says:

    The long winter hiatus didn’t seem to bother Empire’s return. Hint ,hint.

  4. iakovos says:

    I worry for NASHVILLE. It is not perfect but it remains a well-acted program with strong music elements, and a strong cast. Do wish it was written better. Maybe once Juliette is back next week and — if renewed — the new showrunners from THIRTYSOMETHING and ONCE AND AGAIN — can clean house and shore up, we will be on a level road again.

    • Sally McLinn says:

      I’ve been watching Nashville more and more. Good show.

    • Boiler says:

      I would like to think they are going to stick around. Along with new people coming in it has more viewers than several already renewed ABC dramas and seems to do pretty well in DVR. People pick on Nashville and Castle but they have the viewers to support coming back. I also would like to see them get rid of some of the characters though.

      • Total viewers don’t matter ,18-49 demo does

        • Boiler says:

          Total viewers matter as to popularity of show. Someday advertisers may actually get this. If they start cancelling show because of an outdated demo no one will watch network TV. Give it a break.

          • No they don’t.Advvertiser Likley won’t change from counting 18-49 to count total viewers instead.18-49 are harder to reach since they are increasingly watching live tv less and watching through dvr,streaming,on demand ect and watch less tv than over 49s.Plus the whole brand loyalty thing.

          • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

            +225 TVLINE Power User points (no cash value )

          • Boiler says:

            So where does network TV go when the outmoded demo is the big decider even as more popular shows, those with more viewers, go away. Network viewing already nose diving. Don’t know how old you are but the average age of The U.S. is increasing and the habits of the 50+ crowd, both buying and entertainment, are totally different than they used to be. It boggles the mind that whoever picks this demo doesn’t get that. Why cater to the minority of the viewers and that minority is dwindling. This is even worse than your CW explanations about overseas.

  5. Brian says:

    Go Empire! It coming back to such strong ratings after such a long break and so-so reviews for the first half of the season is really impressive.

  6. Max says:

    How is Underground on Wgn doing since its premiere?

  7. Nero tTVFiddler says:

    With all series tending to slowly lose overall audience, it is nice and refreshing to see a high octane series on the way up, getting better and stronger and growing audience: Empire is that series. Very impressive numbers as it returns to the air.
    Also interesting to note in the numbers: even though they appear to trend downward across the night, it is important to note which series on a given night tend to build upon the low audience they may be inheriting from their lead-in. One example – Chicago PD. It built upon the audience it received from SVU; and likewise, SVU (although, as Tori noted up-thread, is a tired show at this point) did build upon the audience it inherited from its lead in, the new Heartbeat.
    Knowing that NBC has already renewed SVU and CPD, Heartbeat will need to set up its game and get those numbers up – otherwise…

  8. N says:

    Loved Heartbeat

  9. Denise says:

    Where can we get ratings for E!
    Does anyone know how I am Cait is doing?

  10. kmw says:

    Empire just keeps on rolling. Rosewood went up further than I thought they would with Empire’s return. Nice night for FOX. I knew Criminal Minds would go down but it wasn’t as low as it could have been. Too bad for Nashville not getting better HH numbers but not surprising with re runs leading into it.