Friday, May 24, 2024

Will “Empire” Make It Through Its Final Season? Viewership Hits All Time Low Ratings, Down 27% in Two Months


The once mighty “Empire” is shrinking, and fast, like something you put in the dryer by mistake.

Last night’s installment of the record biz soap opera scored just 2.4 million viewers,. That’s down about 28% since the season debut two months ago. It’s also their lowest rating ever. The season premiere was 3.3 million.

The key demo was even worse. The demo change in the age group 18-49 was down a whopping 16.6% from last week. Young viewers simply tuned out.

It’s hard to say which show is doing worse– “Empire” or “The Walking Dead.” Each of them is draining viewers very quickly.

Another show that’s lost its mojo is “The Conners,” which is drifting below 6 million viewers every week since its season debut. Now comes word they’re casting for Dan’s half brother, who would be younger than Darlene.

But no mentions the Conner kid who has simply disappeared, Jerry Garcia Conner. He didn’t come back even when Roseanne died. His absence remains as much a mystery as Jussie Smollett’s on “Empire.”


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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