'Empire' Returns with 16 Million Viewers (Its Second-Best Ratings)


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.

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!

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