I still don’t get the hype surrounding the hip hop soap opera Empire on Fox TV. Sure the season finale finished with a respectable viewership of 17 million, but so what? The Cosby Show and A Different World pulled in triple the viewers of Empire on any given week. I don’t recall the fervor surrounding those TV ratings.

Is it because Empire is a part of Hollywood’s gay agenda TV shows? The Walking Dead has higher TV ratings than Empire. Do we discussed that show’s ratings every week? Somebody clue me in.

From The Hollywood Reporter:

Two hours of Empire averaged a 6.5 rating among adults 18-49 and 16.7 million viewers. As for its audience, that’s up 800,000 viewers from the previous week. The tune-in during the regular 9 p.m. hour was even more impressive. In its time slot, Empire fetched a 6.9 rating in the demo and 17.6 million viewers. (The nightly total gave Fox broadcast’s highest-rated night of regular programming since American Idol in 2012.)

Empire premiered Jan. 7 to a 3.8 rating among adults 18-49 and 9.9 million viewers. It subsequently grew its viewership every week for each of the 11 episodes that followed — and, with the exception last week’s penultimate outing, Empire also managed the same feat in the key demo.

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