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Black TV Ratings for Week of January 12 - 18
Six million Black viewers for Fox's 'Empire' keeps drama at No.1 on the Top 25

(January 22, 2015) In its second week as the newest entry on the Fox network, "Empire" attracted an even larger audience than in its debut week. The Wednesday prime time drama had a 13 percent increase among all Black viewers, for a total of 6.3 million. Black viewers were 61 percent of the total of 10.3 million that tuned in, placing the show at No.11 among all prime time programs for the second week of January.

CBS remained the most watched TV network in Black households, with 21.5 million across 14 of its shows on the Top 25. Fox took second place in the network race, posting 12.9 million viewers for six of its charted programs. At a distant third was ABC with 2.5 million for just three shows.

The total number of viewers for the Top 25 shows in Black homes, according to Nielsen, was down 13 percent from the previous week to 38.9 million.

Top 25 Broadcast TV Shows in Black Households

    Rank | Program | Network | % of AA Homes | % of AA P2+ | No. of Viewers (000)

1

EMPIRE

FOX

30.5

16.3

6,347

2

AFC CHAMPIONSHIP ON CBS

CBS

22.6

12.9

5,031

3

AFC CHAMPIONSHIP POST GAME ON CBS

CBS

13.1

7.1

2,753

4

AMERICAN IDOL - WED

FOX

10.7

5.3

2,070

5

SCORPION - SUNDAY

CBS

8.8

4.5

1,769

6

EMPIRE-SP 1/12 8P

FOX

7.5

3.4

1,344

7

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS

CBS

7.4

3.4

1,320

8

AMERICAN IDOL - THURS

FOX

7.3

3.7

1,427

9

NCIS

CBS

7.1

3.4

1,317

10

BLUE BLOODS

CBS

6.7

3.3

1,272

11

PERSON OF INTEREST

CBS

6.7

3.3

1,272

12

HAWAII FIVE-0

CBS

6.1

2.8

1,111

13

APPRENTICE 14

NBC

5.7

2.5

982

14

UNDERCOVER BOSS

CBS

5.6

2.9

1,123

15

STALKER

CBS

5.1

2.8

1,078

16

BLACK-ISH

ABC

5.0

2.3

916

17

CHICAGO PD

NBC

4.8

2.3

906

18

SHARK TANK

ABC

4.8

2.3

916

19

CRIMINAL MINDS

CBS

4.8

2.5

973

20

THE BIG BANG THEORY

CBS

4.6

2.3

901

21

ELEMENTARY

CBS

4.5

2.2

849

22

MASTERCHEF JUNIOR

FOX

4.4

2.4

933

23

MULANEY

FOX

4.4

2.2

852

24

THE MENTALIST

CBS

4.4

2.0

786

25

20/20-FRI

ABC

4.4

1.9

750

Source: Nielsen. Number of viewers ages 2+ shown in thousands (1,000 = 1 million). Rankings are based on share of black households. Representing more than 13.45 million television households in the U.S., the African-American television audience is the largest minority segment in Nielsen's measurement samples. All times are eastern.


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