Ratings: “Empire” Falls But Wins Night, “STAR” Posts Best Numbers Since Debut Episode

The “Empire”-“STAR” tandem led FOX to the nightly victory in adults 18-49.

STAR | Wilford Harewood/FOX

Yes, the fourth season premiere of FOX’s “Empire” markedly trailed the third season premiere in adults 18-49 and overall viewership.

Its numbers were, however, roughly on par with those of the third season finale.

The adults 18-49 rating, moreover, was the best posted by a Wednesday night program.

According to fast national data posted by Showbuzz, Wednesday’s “EMPIRE” drew a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating and 6.94 million overall viewers.

The third season premiere drew a much stronger 4.1 rating and 10.87 million viewer mark, but the third season finale drew a comparable 2.5 rating and 6.94 million viewer figure.

Because “Empire” often receives an upward adjustment in the final report, Wednesday’s premiere may end up on par with last year’s finale in the demo and ahead in overall viewers.

“Empire” was Wednesday’s #1 show in adults 18-49 and #4 show in viewers (below all three CBS shows and ABC’s “Modern Family”).

— Benefiting from obvious compatibility and a crossover storyline, lead-out “STAR” fared well in the 9PM hour.

It drew a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating and 5.48 million viewers.

The numbers are the show’s best since the December 14, 2016 premiere (2.2, 6.71 million), which also aired out of “Empire.”

“STAR” tied “The Goldbergs” to rank as the night’s #3 program in adults 18-49. Only “Empire” and “Modern Family” (2.1) posted better demo ratings.

— In terms of adults 18-49, FOX was Wednesday’s #1 network from 8-10PM ET.


Written by Charles Suchs

Charles Suchs is a news reporter and chart analyst for Headline Planet.

While he contributes to all sections of the publication, he devotes specific attention to tracking radio charts and promotional strategies.

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