Given its record-breaking freshman season, critics and fans alike were anxious to see whether Empire‘s season two premiere would continue the season one trend of growth from episode to episode, and we’re happy to report that while last night’s premiere failed to outperform Empire‘s season one finale, it did deliver the show’s second-best ratings.
#EmpireSeason2 has the highest rated Fall broadcast season premiere in four years! #Empire
— FOX (@FOXTV) September 24, 2015
According to Nielsen, Empire’s season two premiere notched 16 million viewers and earned a 6.5 rating in the adults 18 – 49 demographic.
Empire season one
January 7: 9.9 million viewers
January 14: 10.32 million viewers
January 21: 11.07 million viewers
January 28: 11.36 million viewers
February 4: 11.47 million viewers
February 11: 11.96 million viewers
February 18: 13.02 million viewers
February 26: 13.9 million viewers
March 4: 14.3 million viewers
March 11: 14.9 million viewers
March 18: 16.7 million viewers
Empire season two
September 23: 16 million viewers
We were hoping for a record return, but who are we to complain about 16 million viewers and a massive 6.5 demo rating?
Congratulations to the cast of Empire!