Turns out a little bit of Courtney Love, some unexpected paternity and one very awkward dinner is a very good thing for Fox’s Empire (4.7/14) – or at least keeps the party going.
For an extraordinary ratings gravity defying fifth week in a row since its strong January 7 debut, the numbers among adults 18-49 and overall viewership were up again for the Lee Daniels, Brian Grazer and Danny Strong-created hip hop dynasty drama. With an appearance by the Hole frontwoman as the almost washed up Elle Dallas, last night’s 9 PM broadcast saw a 2% rise among the demo over Empire’s February 4 show.
With 11.9 million viewers, Empire was up 3% over last week. While these are obviously highs in both categories for the freshman and also preliminary numbers, it should be noted that the Fox series’ ratings stayed the same in the finals last week.