‘Empire’ Secures 22.5 Million Viewers With Premiere Episode

‘Empire’ Secures 22.5 Million Viewers With Premiere Episode
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Empire is making it big on Fox. The premiere of the second season of the hit show has crossed the 20 million mark if the three-day viewership is taken into consideration. According to Nielsen’s “live-plus 3” estimates, DVR playback and VOD  are taken into consideration to derive that number. The show opened with a bang on the first day itself, securing two full demo rating points.


According to the Fox update, if the streaming viewers on Hulu and Fox are taken into consideration, the amount would be 22.5 million. It is the second best score among the 13 episodes shown till date. The previous was the finale episode of season 1 which secured an 18-49 rating of 6.9 in March this year.

If the Live+3 ratings are taken into consideration, the show’s rating is 8.7 for the premiere week, just short of 8.8 the finale of “Empire” season 1 secured. The finale episode itself secured 21.92 million viewership and the premiere of season 2 secured 20.76 million.

According to data received from several sources, “Empire” is the third most watched television show after “The Big Bang Theory” and “NCIS.” Both series scored high in viewers count.

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The other top Wednesday broadcast show on TV are “Modern Family” with a 3-day rating of 4.9, “Black-ish” at 3.5, “The Goldbergs” at 3.3 and “Survivor” at 3.1. The return of “Empire” has been quite strong, and if the season is able to keep the interest going, it may well become the best on television.

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