Fans who hoped that the show scheduled during Red Band Society's original timeslot on FOX would fail may have reason to be concerned.
Empire, a drama series about a hip-hop family starring Terence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, which is currently airing during Red Band's original Wednesday night at 9 p.m. timeslot, premiered to strong ratings on Jan. 7-in the biggest series launch for the network since 2012, with an overall 3.7 rating/10 share in adults 18-49 and 9.8 million average viewers.
The series' debut was exceptionally strong compared to the prior scheduled teen medical drama starring Octavia Spencer, which saw an 0.46 rating among adults 18-49 on its Dec. 3 winter finale, with a 3 share among adults , and a total of 3.03 million viewers who watched total after live and DVR recording numbers were added up, placing 3rd in that night's lineup for its timeslot.
The strong numbers around Empire could be especially bad news for fans who were hoping FOX would air the final three produced episodes of Red Band Society if Empire failed, as the network isn't likely to replace a strong show with one that brings in significantly less ratings.
However, the network will potentially have a slot available for the show's final episodes within a few months, as Glee prepares to air its final 13 episodes, beginning Jan. 9. The series will bow after six seasons on March 20-leaving FOX with a hole in its Friday night lineup, where the final episodes of Red Band could be placed.
However, even if FOX does choose to air the episodes of the show in that timeslot, a lack of improved ratings could result in the series being officially cancelled, without a second season pickup, something fans have been hoping would still be a possibility.
Those who are interested in trying to help save the show from being cancelled officially can either tweet using #saveredbandsociety, or can sign a petition on change.org.