‘Empire’ Premiere Evokes Strong Emotions

How did Empire compare to some of the other big broadcast premieres on Wednesday night? Data from Inscape, the TV data company with glass-level information from 7 million smart TV screens and devices, shows it in roughly second place (remember that time-shifted viewing can ultimately affect final ratings), behind Survivor on CBS, and above ABC’s The Goldbergs and The Blacklist on NBC.

Channel viewership of Empire

Looking at solely the Empire episode, Inscape shows that viewership slowly but steadily ticked up as the episode progressed.

Second by second viewing of Empire

It also appears that a majority of Empire viewers were watching Fox programming before the premiere. They typically stuck with watching Empire without switching to other channels during the episode, and then stayed on Fox to watch the season premiere of Star. A smaller segment switched over to the Oprah Winfrey Network after Empire concluded, while others moved on to NBC’s Chicago P.D.

Viewership of what people watched before, during and after Empire


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