This Week in Black TV

What a time to be black, and a viewer of primetime television. This week’s fall TV line-up featured the return of some of our favorite black tv shows: Black-ish, Scandal, and Empire. The shows premiered their new seasons with a bang featuring celebrity appearances, controversial topics, and of course drama.


Empire debuted Wednesday night on FOX with more than 16 million viewers. The opening episode featured cameos from Chris Rock, Don Lemon, Al Sharpton, and Petey Pablo. Empire’s first season was only 12 episodes however; this season will feature 18 episodes.

Black-ish opened their second season with an episode discussing the “N-word.” The show contrasted how highly sensitive issues are discussed intimately with family members and close friends versus how they are discussed in society and within the media. However, the sitcom didn’t generate as many viewers, possibly because it shares a time slot with Empire.

Scandal or should I say "Shondaland" had everyone thanking God it was Thursday (#TGIT). Shonda once again dominated ABC’s network for three continuous hours; with the award-winning Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder. Scandal alone generated 10 million+ plus views with a groundbreaking episode that put a twist on the Princess Diana case.

Let's just say I will, and hopefully 15.9 other million viewers will, continue to flip our TV’s on to some of the best sitcoms and dramas on television every weeknight!