Sunday, May 26, 2024

Tuesday Ratings: “Empire” Plunged 9% Last Night in Total Viewers, 11% in Key Age Group to Lowest Ever


Overall, “The Little Mermaid” live on ABC didn’t get high marks. But it scored 9 million viewers, enough to take anyone away from “Empire” on Fox in its second hour.

“Empire” fell a freaking 9% in overall audience and 11% in the key demo (people alive and willing to watch) to just 2.494. All you can guess is that the Mermaid squashed the Lyons viewers, and nobody liked “The Little Mermaid” anyway. What does that tell you?

“NCIS” beat everything with 10.8 million viewers, down 2 million since Cote de Pablo made her return at the beginning of the season. And killing off a character on “NCIS: New Orleans” after six seasons had no effect on that show’s numbers, they average around 6.6 million anyway. Maybe they should have teased it. It’s terrible when shows start cutting budget as they go into seasons 6 and 7. It really hurts the actors. In this case it was Lucas Black.

Maybe the “Empire” viewers are going over to “This is Us.” The best actor on television, Sterling K. Brown, heads that cast with Susan Kelechi-Watson, who is also terrific. You don’t really cry for the “Empire” characters the way you run through boxes of hankies on “This is Us.” Maybe the two shows should play family feud!


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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