UPDATE, 1:14 PM: Looks like Empire held its ground after all and even grew a bit more viewershipwise. With the final numbers in, the Lee Daniels, Danny Strong, Brian Grazer and Ilene Chaiken executive produced hip hop family drama has scored a 5.8/17 among adults 18-49. Up from the 5.6/17 of earlier this morning, the penultimate episode of Empire’s first season now matches last week’s demo high for the Fox show. And as one category rises for Empire so it seems does another with viewership now at 14.9 million – a new high for the series and a 4% bop up from last week. This morning’s preliminary numbers had the show’s audience at 14.7 million, which was the new high for just over 4-hours.
PREVIOUS, 8:44 AM: After breaking the TV rules by moving up and staying even among adults 18-49 since its January 7 debut, the Fox series slipped a bit last night. But viewershipwise, the rise continued with Empire up last night over its the high of its March 4 show. Last night’s show had an audience of 14.7 million. That’s up 3% from last week’s 14.33 million – which was the best the show had done in total viewers up until last night.
In fast nationals, Empire got a 5.6/17 rating among the key demo last night. That’s a 3% dip this first week of often disruptive daylight saving time, from the final numbers of last week’s episode of the Terrance Howard and Taraji P. Henson led series, and a 1% drop from the preliminary ratings it drew. However, Empire has seen adjustments on a number of weeks so the penultimate episode of the show’s first season could go up in later numbers. Executive produced by creators Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, Brian Grazer and showrunner Ilene Chaiken, Season 1 of Empire wraps up next Wednesday with a 2-hour finale.
Lead-in American Idol (2.3/8) was up 9.5% among the 18-49s over last week. All of which meant that Fox won the night in both the demo and in total viewership with a 4.0/13 and 12.02 million watching.
Empire ends its first season next week but over on The CW, the second season of The 100 (0.4/1) came to its conclusion. Finale to finale, last night’s 100 was down 19% from its Season 1 ender of June 11 last year. Week to week, the series was down a tenth from its March 4 show.
With some small preemptions for ACC College basketball, CBS saw slips, rises and evenness last night. Survivor (2.2/8) dipped 4% from last week while Criminal Minds (2.1/6) rose 11%. In its second week the Patricia Arquette led CSI:Cyber (1.8/6) held on tight to its premiere ratings – in fact, 100% of them to remain even with its March 4 debut.
NBC was all repeats last night. ABC was all encores also except for a special bloopers episode of black-ish (1.5/4), which was down 34% from last week’s regular show.