‘Empire’ gets second season renewal after two episodes

20 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Empire,’ ‘Gotham,’ ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Renewed at Fox.

The network used its executive session to hand out early 2015-16 pickups to freshman dramas Empire and Gotham as well as a third run for comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

The move is partly surprising (in that it’s very unusual for a broadcaster to renew a series so fast, though it occasionally happens on cable) and yet not given the show’s stunning ratings this week. The second episode then stunned the industry by rising in the ratings — which is a very rare occurrence, especially after a strong debut (Empire is the only drama to rise in Week 2 this season). Gotham has averaged a 4.2 rating the demo and 10.6 million viewers when including DVR playback, Empire has averaged a 5.3 in the demo and 11.7 million viewers and Brooklyn Nine-Nine has a 2.7 in the demo. The success of all three shows is much-needed at Fox, which ranked fourth this fall and declined more than any other broadcaster compared to the previous year.

Empire is still at a stage when most industry insiders would say it’s too early to bet the farm on the drama, yet the first two weeks were hugely promising. Still to come on Fox this season is cop drama Backstrom starring Rainn Wilson as an irascible detective, the intriguingly high concept one-man sitcom Last Man on Earth starring Will Forte and the limited series thriller Wayward Pines starring Matt Dillon.

Its series premiere —6.0 in the advertiser-coveted demo — outperformed The Blacklist and Scorpion and delivered Fox’s highest-rated fall drama debut in 14 years. As for the fates of some of Fox’s other dramas, the network plans to tweak Sleepy Hollow before making a decision on a third season, while Bones seems likely to return for season 11. “We’re at the end of our deal on Emily [Deschanel] and David [Boreanaz],” Fox Chairman and CEO Dana Walden said at TCA’s winter press tour. “We’re very hopeful Bones will return.

The live-plus-seven rating for the Ben McKenzie DC Comics adaptation from Bruno Heller reflects the largest post-three-day ratings gain (+0.9) of any broadcast drama ever. Comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, starring Andy Samberg and from Parks and Recreation producers Dan Goor and Mike Schur, hails from Universal Television and is averaging a 2.7 among adults 18-49 — up 17 percent year-over-year and posting the largest demo uptick among second-year shows. Empire, Brooklyn and Gotham join previously renewed animated series for the 2015-16 broadcast season Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy andThe Simpsons and mark the network’s first scripted pickups.

The renewals — one from all of the big studios — come after CBS and The CW announced multiple renewals for 2015-16 during their TCA sessions earlier in the week.

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