Empire Premiere


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.4/10 2.0/6 1.6/5 1.5/5 1.2/3 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.5/9 1.3/5 1.1/4 1.0/4 1.0/4 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 10.359 6.288 8.714 7.324 3.130 1.031

Note: NBC was preempted in Louisville and CBS was preempted in Raleigh-Durham for college basketball. Ratings for both networks are more likely to be adjusted in the final ratings.

FOX was number one in adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

Update: FOX Ordered rush nationals. American Idol & Empire both rose a tenth, to 2.1 and 3.8, respectively. Empire now ties How To Get Away With Murder for the highest rated series premiere of the season.

On FOX, the season premiere of American Idol earned a 3.1 3.2 adults 18-49 rating, down 34 32 percent from a 4.7 for last year’s premiere.  The series premiere of Empire scored a 3.7, 3.8 up 118 124 percent from a 1.7 adults 18-49 for last year’s Rake premiere. Empire ranked as FOX’s highest rated series premiere in 3 years among adults 18-49 (since Touch in January 2012) and FOX’s highest rated drama premiere in 6 years (since Lie To Me in January 2009). It was the second highest rated drama premiere this season behind ABC’s How To Get Away With Murder. Your predictions were accurate, and my poll choices were not optimistic enough.

On ABC, The Middle earned a season high 2.3, up 5 percent from a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating for its most recent original episode. The Goldbergs scored a season high 2.5, up 14 percent from a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating for its most recent original episode.  Modern Family garnered a 3.2, up 3 percent from a 3.1 adults 18-49 rating for its most recent original episode. black-ish tied its series low with a 2.1, down 9 percent from a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating for its most recent original episode.

On CBS, the time period premiere of The Mentalist notched a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating, down 7 percent from a 1.4 for its most recent episode. The People’s Choice Awards earned a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating, down 25 percent from last year’s 2.4.

On NBC, The Mysteries of Laura scored a 1.3, up 8 percent from a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating for its most recent original episode. Law & Order: SVU earned a 1.7, up 21 percent from a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating for its most recent original episode. Chicago P.D. garnered a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating, up 7 percent from a 1.5 for its most recent original episode.


Overnight ratings for Wednesday, January 7, 2015: (Live + Same Day):

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Total Viewers (millions)
8:00 FOX American Idol (Season Premiere) 3.2/9 11.2
ABC The Middle 2.3/7 8.49
CBS The Mentalist 1.3/4 8.99
  NBC The Mysteries of Laura 1.3/4 6.77
CW Arrow – R 0.2/1 0.98
8:30 ABC The Goldbergs 2.5/7 7.79
9:00 FOX Empire (Series Premiere) 3.8/10 9.9
ABC Modern Family 3.2/9 9.23
CBS People’s Choice Awards (9-11PM) 1.8/5 8.57
  NBC Law & Order: SVU 1.7/5 7.78
CW Penn & Teller: Fool Us – R 0.4/1 1.09
9:30 ABC black-ish 2.1/6 6.31
10:00 NBC Chicago P.D. 1.6/5 7.43
ABC Galavant – R 1.0/3 3.38
10:30 ABC Galavant – R 0.7/2 2.53

via NBC press note:


  • In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 3.0/8; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.3/6; and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.8/5.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 1.0/5; “Late Show,” 0.5/2; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.5/2.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC’s “Nightline” averaged a 1.2/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.
  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (1.4/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS’s “Late Late Show ” (1.2/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.3/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.8/3 with an encore in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.



Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live football game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast. For more information see Numbers 101and Numbers 102.

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