In this image released by Fox, Jussie Smollett, left, and Terrence Howard appear in a scene from the season one finale of “Empire.” (AP Photo/FOX, Chuck Hodes)
(March 24, 2015) What may be most remarkable — and unspoken — about the historic first season of Fox’s “Empire” is that if not a single White viewer had ever tuned in, the show’s Black audience alone would have ranked it as last week’s No.6 show in the nation. Total White viewership for the hip-hop drama never exceeded 39% for any episode, and dropped to 29% for the record-breaking finale.
The point is, in a year when “How To Get Away With Murder” and “Black-ish” joined “Scandal” in changing the calculus for winning TV shows, “Empire” stood alone as having the ability to be No.1 by appealing to an overwhelmingly African-American following. Without a doubt, every network will be trying to duplicate its…
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