FOX’s “Empire” may be down, but it’s still the top-rated drama on broadcast TV this season. “Lethal Weapon” has proven itself a solid performer as well, ranking second among all new shows on TV this fall in adults 18-49.

After that? Well, FOX’s Sunday veterans are doing fine, and “Gotham” and “Lucifer” provide steady (if not very strong) ratings week to week. In other words, the network needs another hit. Badly.

Could that show be “Star”? The series, from “Empire” co-creator Lee Daniels and Tom Donaghy, premieres at 9 p.m. ET/PT Wednesday, with the fall finale of “Empire” moving back an hour to serve as its lead-in.

“Star” carries Daniels’ signature (he directed the first two episodes) and shares a music-world setting with “Empire.” Rather than focusing on people at the top of the game, however, as “Empire” does with the Lyon family, “Star” centers on on up-and-comers in the form of three young singers (Jude Demorest, Brittany O’Grady and Ryan Destiny) attempting to make a name for themselves.

The series also stars Queen Latifah, Benjamin Bratt and recurring guest star Lenny Kravitz.

FOX is clearly hoping to set “Star” up for success with the “Empire” lead-in. Will it work? And can the show keep up the momentum when it returns Jan. 4? (It will occupy the same 9 p.m. timeslot, with “Lethal Weapon” returning at 8, while “Empire” takes its midseason break.) Vote below on how you think the “Star” premiere will fare among adults 18-49 and share your thoughts on the show in the comments.

 

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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