In 2015, one show has done what very few manage to do. For every week, bar one, Empire had an unprecedented rise in the ratings and became the most talked about show in US television this year. The success of the show has been phenomenal with the music from the show delivering a Billboard #1.
As of its first season finale, Empire has now surpassed The Big Bang Theory as the highest rated scripted program in the 2014-2015 television season. The first season finale is also the highest rated debut season finale since May 2005, when Grey’s Anatomy ended its first season. Empire’s season one finale grew 82 percent from its series premiere, making it the show that has grown the most over the course of its first season since Men in Trees during the 2006-2007 season.
But with TVNZ fast tracking many new shows to their on demand service, for some bizarre reason they chose to hold on to the series and debuted Empire last night, more than two months after the 12 episode series had completed its run in the US. Continue reading »