‘Empire’ finale ratings hit new high, best new series result in 10 years

March 19, 2015 4:37 PM

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There were resolutions, successions, music and arrests on the 2-hour Season 1 ender of the hip hop drama last night. And for the 10th week in a row since its January 7 debut, Foxs Empire (6.4/20) hit a brand new viewership high of 16.5 million. Thats up 10% from the 14.90 million that the Lee Daniels, Danny Strong, Ilene Chaiken, Francie Calfo and Brian Glazer EPd series drew on March 11. Empire also had another new record among adults 18-49 with a 10% rise over last weeks 5.8/17, which was tied with the dramas March 4 show for the previous all time high. In early numbers, the 8 – 10 PM finale was also up an amazing 68% jump over the 18-49 rating of its debut and rose 67% over the 9.90 million who tuned in for that first show of the 12-episode season. Don’t be surprised if those Empire numbers are adjusted in later ratings – they commonly have been. As it is Fox easily won the night among the demo and in total viewers with its best Wednesday result since the American Idol finale of May 23, 2012. That’s alsothe highest rated night on any of the Big 4 with regular programming since that May 2012.

In its usual 9 PM slot, Empire pulled in a 6.8/21 and 17.5 million total viewers. That’s a 17% demo and viewership rise over last week. The first hour of the show got a 6.0/20 rating with 15.577 million viewers. Put that in perspective, that’s the highest rated finale a new series has had since the ...

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