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Fox's New TV Series 'Empire' Beats American Idol in Ratings

Fox's new TV series 'Empire' draws more viewers than 'American Idol'.

Read more: Fox Network’s ‘Empire’ ramps up production in Chicago When we first posted casting calls for 'Empire' in 2013, we never expected the TV series to blossom to the success it has become. Fox revealed their latest TV series, 'Empire' following 'American Idol' and the series came out with amazing ratings. According to The Hollywood Reporter, 'Empire' had more ratings than 'American Idol'
The 9 p.m. drama averaged a 3.8 rating among adults 18-49 and 9.9 million viewers, per adjusted Nielsen ratings, making it the top launch of the 2014-15 season (alongside ABC's How to Get Away With Murder) and Fox's biggest debut in three years. That number also put it as the top-rated show of Wednesday night, besting Modern Family and the return of American Idol.
However, American Idol had a series premiere low of a 3.2 rating with adults 18-49. That is a significant drop from the 4.7 rating the series had last year. Read more: Lee Daniels’ FOX TV Pilot ‘EMPIRE’ Casting Call for a Ton of Roles The hip hop family drama is created by Lee Daniels (The Butler) and Danny Strong, and stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson. Empire has received positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the show has a rating of 93%, based on 26 reviews, with an average rating of 7.2/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Though heavy on melodrama, Empire elevates the nighttime soap with its top-notch cast, musical entertainment, and engrossing plots." On Metacritic the show has a score of 68 out of 100, based on 32 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Casting directors are constantly seeking extras to work on the TV series as it is filming in Chicago, Illinois. To audition for a role on Fox's 'Empire' check out the latest casting calls here. Discuss this story with fellow Project Casting fans on Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @projectcasting.