Empire Season 2 FinaleEmpire’s Season 2 Finale ratings were down; however, the show is hardly dead in the water finishing first in its 9 PM time-slot. And just like I suspected, Jamal Lyon survived last week’s gunshot even though rumors swirled that he’d left the show.  Sure, worse programming can be found on TV, but this show needs a new writing team stat.  The show had a bad season opener and never seemed to recover with story-lines all-over-the-place all season long.  

Last night’s episode of Empire was up 8% from its previous week but fell a whopping 38% in adults 18-49 from its Season 1 finale. Here’s what deadline.com is reporting:

The heavyweight on the court last night was of course Empire (4.0/13), which wrapped its second season. After an 18-episode run that saw noticeable ratings declines from the dizzying heights of last year and a more than three-month break in the middle, no one expected the Lee Daniels and Danny Strong created drama to match the all-time ratings high of its Season 1 ender on March 18, 2015. And it didn’t: while up 8% from last week and getting its best demo reuslts since April 6, last night’sEmpire fell 38% in adults 18-49 from its Season 1 finale. The latter’s two-hour double episode on a much less competitive night drew 16.7 million viewers, compared to the 10.8 million that tuned in last night to watch the Lyon family turn on each other and more. If you were to just compare the finales in the 9 PM slot in the key demo, last night’s ender took a 42% fall from last year.

While still easily the night’s highest rated and most watched show, Empire had a gentler 11% decline from its midseason finale of December 2 last year. Meanwhile, it was not the season finale for lead-in Rosewood (1.4/5), which was up 27% from its May 11 show. Overall and as was expected, Fox won the night with a 2.7 rating, up 13% from last week, but CBS took the viewership top spot with 8.65 million.

Best of luck with season 3!

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