With “Empire” season three all wrapped up, executive producer Ilene Chaiken has provided some insight on next season and weighed-in on the weekly ratings battles.
In Chaiken’s perspective, there’s no clear explanation for why the show’s ratings drastically changed throughout this past season.
“I have no idea why the television universe goes the way it does, really. We do our best, we try not to be too reactive, and hope that we’re capturing the biggest audience that we can and that still loves what we have to say and what we’re talking about. That’s my job.” (Deadline)
Ilene also explained why fans can expect a series reset once season four returns.
“What we wanted to do in a practical sense is give these great actors, especially Terrance and Taraji, something really new now to sink their teeth into. Also, to give our audience some completely new and fresh stories. How can we shake it up and make it fresh? Making Lucious not Lucious – that creates a new dynamic for us to play with. (Deadline)
Last week, “Empire” won back its core audience with high ratings.
Empire may have shed a significant portion of its linear viewers during its third season, but it ended the run on a strong note — easily topping Wednesday, the last night of the 2016-17 broadcast season. The Fox drama closed it out with an average 2.4 rating among adults 18-49, a two-tenths of a point lift from the penultimate episode, and 6.9 million viewers. All told, it was the drama’s best same-day showing since March. (The Hollywood Reporter)
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A couple months ago, “Empire” star Taraji P. Henson talked about the show’s future.
“I could not do this forever. No. Cookie wears me out!” Henson exclaimed during a recent interview with Variety. “She drains me,” the actress adds with a laugh. “She is emotionally all over the place. Those writers, they just keep pushing my emotions with every episode. By the 18th episode [of [of each season]m dead. I got to get far away. I don’t wear animal print. I cut my hair into a bob. I don’t wear a weave because I’ve got to get as far away from Cookie as possible.” (Variety)