Run All Night to hit cinemas when it releases on April 17.
Nicki Minaj decides to release the trailer for her upcoming documentary titled My Time Again which will air on Sunday, January 18 at 10pm EST on MTV.
We finally get a premiere date for HBO‘s hit series Game of Thrones, season five of the show will air Sunday, April 12. This date also coincides with the fourth season premiere of Veep and the second season premiere of new show Silicon Valley.
After struggling in the ratings this fall, Fox just received some very welcome news: Wednesday night’s hip-hop drama Empire has opened strong.
Blessed with an American Idol lead-in — yet also improving upon it — Empire premiered to 9.8 million viewers and a 3.7 rating among adults 18-49. That’s Fox’s highest-rated series debut in three years (since 2012’s Touch). Empire ranks as the top-rated show in the demo, beating ABC’s Modern Family head-to-head, and grew from its Idol lead-in by 19 percent. Empire outperformed Fox’s heavily hyped Gotham premiere this fall, and managed to retain its rating throughout its hour — another good sign (here’s our review).
As expected, Idol was another story. The music competition series had a downsized hour-long premiere at 8 p.m. that delivered 10.9 million viewers and a 3.1 rating — down 34 percent from last year and marking a series low for a premiere episode of the 15-year-old franchise. In other Idol news, Fox is making episodes available online for the first time.
Until now, Fox has had a very rough season trying to launch new hits. Gotham has performed quite well and has demonstrated stability — a rarity for a serialized drama. Yet its big reality experiment Utopia bombed, as did freshman dramas Red Band Society and Gracepoint, as well as new comedy Mulaney. Given its Idol lead-in, Fox likely felt Empire, which stars Terrence Howard as a music mogul, had the best shot at breaking out, plus was obviously a good thematic companion for its music competition series.
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Also Wednesday: CBS’ The Mentalist (1.3) returned modest for its final season and tied the return of NBC’s Mysteries of Laura (1.3) at 8 p.m. ABC’s Goldbergs (2.5) had its second-best numbers ever, but Black-ish (2.1) dipped to tie its low. CBS had its People’s Choice Awards (1.8), down 25 percent this year.
UPDATE: Fox fast-ordered some updated, more accurate numbers from Nielsen and both Empire and Idol went up a tenth of a point. What this means: Empire now ties ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder as the highest-rated new show premiere this season.