'Empire' building continues in Nielsens

February 26, 2015 10:24 PM

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As Fox's soapy hit Empire enters the first season's home stretch, ratings continue to climb, with Wednesday's eighth episode averaging 13.9 million viewers, up by four million from the Jan. 7 series premiere. On average, the show has also gained about 5 million DVR-delayed viewers from its live total this season, and still more on demand and online.

The family drama about a hip-hop music business, starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, has increased its same-day audience every week since it began, an extremely rare accomplishment. It's the biggest gainer among scripted series since Fox's House, which premiered sluggishly in 2004 but bec...

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