Thursday, January 15, 2015
Is 'Empire' a hit? Fox will say 'yes' as ratings climb in the second week
Looks like Fox has the makings of a hit in Empire, its blinged-out, hip-hop soap.
Generally, ratings often decline in the show's second week. But they actually went up for Empire, with the show averaging 10.3 million viewers in the 18-49 demo Madison Avenue so desperately craves, up 5 percent from the previous week.
While I'm enjoying the show so far, some of the performances -- especially Taraji P. Henson as turned up Cookie -- are a little over-the-top and need to go down a notch. The writing could also be a bit stronger.
For instance, it doesn't make sense that after spending 17 years in the joint, Cookie would expect her sons to immediately embrace her coming home. She should've expected the cold shoulder.
And having Lucious (Terrence Howard), the dying rap mogul, solving his little extortion problem from his boy, Bunkie -- and Cookie's cousin -- by putting a bullet in Bunkie's head just didn't ring true. If they were so tight, why did Lucious resort to murdering his friend so quickly?
Oh, I know....makes for better drama than Lucious actually, you know, sitting down and ironing out his differences with his homie.
Who wants to see that?
Kevin D. Thompson writes news stories and features on Lake Worth and Greenacres for The Palm Beach Post. He has more than 30 years of newspaper and magazine experience as a writer, editor, reporter and blogger. Kevin joined the Post in January 1996 as an entertainment writer. He was the paper's television critic for 12 years (1996-2008) and theater critic for one (2008-2009). He also covered higher education and the Palm Beach County School District. Before joining The Palm Beach Post, Kevin covered entertainment extensively and wrote celebrity profiles for such newspapers and magazines as the New York Daily News, the New York Post and Essence while working as a freelance writer.