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Ratings: ‘Empire’ Premiere Destroys Competition, ‘Survivor’ Premiere Slips

The ratings are in, and Empire is, unsurprisingly, as strong as ever.

The season two premiere of Empire brought in 16 million viewers and a 6.5 rating among the key adults 18–49 demographic. This is up an outstanding 76 percent from the series premiere last January, which kicked off a virtually unprecedented run in which Empire actually grew each and every week, straight up to its season finale in March.

But this win for Empire is even bigger because it brought another drama into the winners circle with it. The series premiere of Rosewood exceeded expectations as a lead-in for Empire, scoring 7.4 million viewers for a 2.4 in the 18-49 demo. That’s pretty damn impressive, considering it was up against the season premiere of Survivor. Basically, Empire delivered FOX the sort of ratings it desperately needed to kick off this season, considering how underwhelming the premiere week has been going for them so far: Gotham premiered lower than expected, Minority Report bombed outright, and Scream Queens VASTLY underperformed, considering all the hype and promotion that went into it. In short, Empire is practically the only show keeping FOX relevant right now in the new fall season.

Ratings 'Empire' Destroys the Competition, 'Survivor' Premiere Slips

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Ultimately, no other show came close to catching Empire in its time slot. Its closest time slot competitor, Law & Order: SVU, managed only about half of Empire‘s viewership, garnering 8.2 million viewers and a 1.7 in the demo. The premiere of Survivor: Second Chance, the final half-hour of which competed directly with the Empire premiere, suffered too. Survivor brought in 9.6 million viewers and a 2.4 in the demo, which is solid but unspectacular. Modern Family was similarly even, earning 9.3 million viewers and a 3.1 in the demo in the 9:00 PM time slot.

For more on Empire, read our review of the season premiere! And if Survivor is more your thing, we’ve got a review for that too!

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