Fox’s musical drama Empire mired in gradual decline in television ratings

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Empire suffering gradual decline in TV ratings

Empire appears stuck in downward spiral of TV ratings.

Mass Appeal Wire Reports

LOS ANGELES — When you start at the top, there’s nowhere to go but down. And nobody understands that better than Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, co-creators of the Fox musical drama “Empire” which continues to lose viewers each and every week. In its inaugural season, Empire reeled in new viewers every Wednesday — setting multiple primetime television records. However, the opposite has transpired in season two. So far, Empire has gone from 16.18 viewers in the season premiere to a season low 11.20 in its latest episode titled “True Love Never.”

When you do the math, that’s a loss of almost 5 million viewers.

Critics lament Daniels’ overreliance on enlisting celebrities for guest appearances. Others blame what they believe is excessive screening of homosexual activity. Even with the gradual loss of viewers, Empire is still the happening thing on Fox and there’s no imminent threat of cancellation… at least not yet.

“Empire will likely never again reach the heights of March 2015, but that’s okay,” wrote a journalist at Complex.com, a website dedicated to hip-hop and pop culture. “It’s unlikely that any show, ever again, will be able to gain viewers every week for six weeks, while also becoming the highest rated scripted show on TV.

“Its current dip, then, must be judged relative to the rest of television, not to its past performance. Until the show dips below a 2.0, there’s no need to be too worried that the Lyons are close to extinction.”

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17 comments

  1. i wouldnt be surprised if its true….cuz honest to GOD, BECAUSE of the gay shit/ gay characters….i NEVER watched Empire, and never WILL…………ever. Solely cuz of the gay shit. Period. And i assume other people, ESPECIALLY heterosexual straight men, feel the same.

  2. You’re literally homophobic. You’re less evolved

  3. @Maxi Rendaldo: #1- fuck outta here with that BS. Bein called a FAKE ass, INCORRECTLY created word, does NOT hurt, shut me up/ scare me into silence #2- if im “homophobic”, then Youre HETERO-Phobic. Period

  4. FOR REAL…. HOW COULD A STRAIGHT MAN GET A KICK OUT OF WATCHING THAT BULLSHIT…..EVEN “THE WIRE” DIDN’T TAKE SHIT TO THIS LEVEL….EVEN THOUGH I HAD A PROBLEM WITH OMAR BEING GAY, HE DIDN’T TAKE IT TO THIS “FLAMING SHIT”….THIS IS ALL AN ATTEMPT TO EFFEMINIZE THE BLACK MAN….THEY EVEN WENT OUT AND GOT AN OPENLY GAY PERSON TO PLAY THE ROLE…..FROM WHAT I HEARD, PEOPLE SAY THAT THEY TRY TO MAKE HIM SEEM LIKE THE ONLY “SANE” PERSON ON THE SHOW….I DON’T THINK THAT’S A COINCIDENCE…..

  5. @SurreallTV — I’m sure you’re a nice person in life, I do hope you will no longer feel that way about gay folks on TV. Remember when black folks first started being seen on TV? When sex scenes between interracial couples first started being seen on TV? I’m sure there were so many LGBT folks standing behind your community, I’d hope you’d give them a chance and rethink every feeling you have towards their community..

  6. GAY PEOPLE GOT WAY TOO MUCH POWER IN THIS COUNTRY….THEY TRY TO MAKE US FEEL LIKE SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH US, WHEN THEY ARE THE ONES WITH THE CHEMICAL IMBALANCE…..HOW CAN THESE PEOPLE ACTUALLY AGREE WITH SOMETHING THAT’S AGAINST NATURE? THEY NEED TO SHOW ME ONE SPECIES OF ANIMAL THAT’S PRIMARILY HOMOSEXUAL…..

  7. They do go over board with the homosexual scenes as well as the celebrities in every single episode now.

  8. They tried competing with power by adding too many celebs and it backfired lol. As for the gay shit, what do you expect? The producer is a homo!

  9. One if the reasons I stopped watching Glee. They had a gay storyline every other episode. Like they were forcing that shit

  10. Honestly I never really watched empire maybe the first series episode but when I seen ol dude in bed with another dude, completely lost interest in that show. I don’t wanna always see gay sht, I have no problem with gay people but I don’t support it and never will

  11. Fuck that gay ass show…………. hope it gets canceled

  12. I enjoyed Empire last year, not that good this year.

  13. this show makes blacks look bad

  14. i wanna fuck cookie

  15. the show is not as good as last year but i love it anyway 🙂

  16. This is the nastiest TV program ever

  17. the show sucks but i wanna bang cookie

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