“Empire” is Back: Claim Over 6 Million Viewers (Fox)
Fox’s “Empire” is back at the top of its game. The show’s highly-anticipated spring premiere brought in millions of viewers after going on a three-month break.
According to reports, “Empire” had its biggest ratings since the season initially returned last year.
Empire’s ratings were a little goosed in the series’ Wednesday return. The Fox drama, off the air for nearly four months, came back to the schedule with its strongest showing in the key demo since the first three weeks of the TV season. Fox led the night, starting at 8 o’clock, with Empire earning a 2.0 rating among adults 18-49. That was up two-tenths of a point in the key demo from its fall finale. Sister series Star, also off the air since December, improved by the same measure to pull a 1.5 rating in the key demo. (The Hollywood Reporter)
Additional reports claim over 6 million viewers tuned in to see “Empire’s” mighty return.
Fox, meanwhile, aired the spring premieres of “Empire” and “Star.” Both shows returned up slightly from their winter finales. “Empire” averaged a 2.0 and 6.1 million viewers, making it the top-rated show of the night. “Star” drew a 1.5 and 4.7 million viewers. (Variety)
For this season, “Empire” has secured Emmy-winning actress Alfre Woodard to play a major on-screen role.