TVLine Items: Mr. Robot's Ratings Dip, Empire's New Singer and More

Mr. Robot - Season 2 Review

USA Network’s Mr. Robot booted back up on Wednesday night with 1.04 million total viewers and a 0.4 demo rating, — down from both its series debut (1.75 mil/0.5) and its freshman finale (1.2 mil/0.5).

The double-episode, limited-commercials opener was followed by a live aftershow, titled Hacking Robot, which retained 376,000 viewers and a 0.2 rating.

Possibly impacting the acclaimed, freshly Emmy-nominated drama’s premiere numbers is the fact that the first half was “leaked” online by fsociety on Sunday night.

Leading into Mr. Robot, Suits opened Season 6 with 1.9 mil and a 0.5, down a tick from its previous premiere (2.1 mil/0.6) but on par with its March finale (1.7 mil/0.5).

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well… 

* Musician Sierra McClain will recur on Season 3 of Fox’s Empire as Nessa, a singer that Lucious (Terrence Howard) is determined to sign, The Hollywood Reporter reports. The music drama returns Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 9/8c.

* Spike’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Mist has cast Gus Birney, Dan Butler, Luke Cosgrove, Danica Curcic, Okezie Morro, Darren Pettie, Russell Posner and Isiah Whitlock Jr. as Alex Cunningham, Father Romanov, Jay Heisel, Mia Lambert, Jonah Dixon, Connor Heisel, Adrian Garff and Gus Redman, respectively. 

* NBC has ordered Funded, a competition series in which entrepreneurs vie for an investment in their start-up business. Top Model‘s Tyra Banks, Ridiculousness’ Rob Dyrdek and business developer Rohan Oza are set to be mentors on the series. 

* Jimmy Kimmel, Sarah Silverman, David Spade and Anthony Jeselnik will serve as the judges at Comedy Central’s Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle. The four-night special, which features 16 comedians competing against one another, airs Thursday, July 28 through Sunday, July 31 at 10 pm.