Given the ratings that “Empire” drew at the end of its first season, it was not that difficult to draw an assumption that for season 2, Cookie and company would continue to rule the TV throne. The question was mostly just how dominant they would be.
For Wednesday, the Fox drama did draw an enormous 6.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic, which is down only 0.4 from the season 1 finale. We feel like some of that gap will probably be narrowed in the final ratings a little later today. We’re not sure we expect the show to balloon more than it has already (so many people DVR things nowadays), but Fox still has to be thrilled with some of what they are seeing here. The premiere of “Rosewood” before the show also fared very well, posting a 2.4 rating that would be great, provided that it stays near this the rest of the season.
Over on CBS, it was all about beginnings and endings as “Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance” launched to a 2.4 rating (down from last fall, which did not have “Empire” competition), while “Big Brother 17” concluded its season with a 2.2. These two shows are consistently solid as a rock, and we don’t really see that changing at all.
The last bit of ratings news we feel to be particularly relevant is over on NBC, where “Law & Order: SVU” (1.7) dropped versus its season 16 premiere which, again, was not up against “Empire.” The premiere of “The Mysteries of Laura” (1.2) had its best ratings since February, but it was still low enough to make you wonder why it was renewed in the first place.
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