“Empire” debuted nearly two years ago and soon became a fan favorite. The performances by Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson have been lauded by critics, but the praise did little for their recent lower ratings.

“Empire” did receive a bit of backlash when the cast of the show publicly supported Hillary Clinton in the Presidential election last week. However, diehard fans probably would not let that keep them from tuning in to the popular show.

The show’s month-long hiatus ended the day after the election and ratings were down. However, “Empire” is still considered one of the top shows on television for adults 18-49, but had an average 2.9 rating in the key demo. This takes the show down six-tenths of a point from its last original episode a month ago. “Empire” averaged 8.1 million viewers.

“Empire” is now just behind “The Big Bang Theory” as the No. 2 series on broadcast. It’s averaging a 5.4 rating among adults 18-49 with seven days of DVR


CBS’ “Criminal Minds” was off three-tenths of a point, and NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU” dropped two-tenths of a point, with each earning a 1.3 rating in the key demo.

The Fox network still came out strong, helped out by “Lethal Weapon”. The earned a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49.

ABC’s “The Goldbergs” got a two-tenths of a point bump to a 2.0 rating among adults 18-49. Comedies “Speechless” (1.7 adults), “Modern Family” (2.3 adults) “Black-ish” (1.6 adults), as well as “Designated Survivor” (1.2 adults) all remained steady.

On CBS, “Survivor” spiked from lows against the World Series. It was up 23 percent, to a 1.9 rating in the key demo. “Code Black” even moved up a bit to a 0.9 rating.

NBC had “Blindspot” (1.0 adults) and “Chicago P.D.” (1.3 adults), and The CW had steady episodes of “Arrow” (0.7 adults) and “Frequency” (0.3 adults). “Arrow” actually had a season high in the amount of viewers, almost up to 2 million.

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