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Black TV Ratings for Week of February 2 - 8
Fox's 'Empire' audience continues to climb after four consecutive weeks

(February 10, 2015) Fox's unprecedented hit drama, "Empire" has set a record among television debuts with four straight weeks of audience growth. Of the 11.4 million of overall viewers, its core viewership of fans is 67 percent Black -- the highest ever recorded for any prime time series. Move over Olivia and Annalise, Taraji P. Henson's Cookie is the new queen of prime time.

CBS managed to remain the most popular TV network in Black households, with 17.4 million tuning into 13 of its shows on the Top 25 for the first week of February. Fox was second posting 13.25 million across just five programs. ABC took third with 10 million for four shows.

The total number of viewers for the most popular TV shows in Black homes, according to Nielsen, was down 28 percent from the previous Super Bowl week to 43.5 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

36.3

19.7

7,669

2

SCANDAL

ABC

20.6

10.4

4,061

3

GRAMMY AWARDS

CBS

18.8

10.7

4,163

4

HOW TO GET AWAY W/MURDER

ABC

18.1

9.1

3,548

5

AMERICAN IDOL-WEDNESDAY

FOX

10.3

5.3

2,061

6

GREY'S ANATOMY

ABC

8.6

4.0

1,549

7

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS

CBS

7.6

3.7

1,429

8

NCIS

CBS

7.5

3.6

1,397

9

BLUE BLOODS

CBS

6.6

2.9

1,133

10

HAWAII FIVE-0

CBS

6.5

2.8

1,103

11

AMERICAN IDOL-THURSDAY

FOX

6.4

3.3

1,278

12

NCIS: LOS ANGELES

CBS

6.2

3.1

1,210

13

PERSON OF INTEREST

CBS

6.1

3.1

1,226

14

GOTHAM

FOX

5.9

3.3

1,280

15

APPRENTICE 14

NBC

5.7

2.7

1,046

16

60 MINUTES

CBS

5.7

2.6

1,004

17

UNDERCOVER BOSS

CBS

5.5

2.5

967

18

STALKER

CBS

5.5

2.6

1,010

19

THE BIG BANG THEORY

CBS

5.1

2.7

1,056

20

CHICAGO PD

NBC

4.8

2.3

896

21

BLACKLIST

NBC

4.8

2.5

970

22

SCORPION

CBS

4.6

2.3

894

23

SLEEPY HOLLOW

FOX

4.6

2.4

939

24

SHARK TANK

ABC

4.5

2.2

866

25

48 HOURS

CBS

4.4

2.1

835

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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