‘Empire’ Finale Soars to Series High of 16.5 Million Viewers

March 19, 2015 6:18 PM

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‘Empire’ Finale Soars to Series High of 16.5 Million Viewers

The drama on “Empire” hit a heady climax Wednesday night and so did the show’s viewership as the Fox juggernaut reached a season high of 16.5 million viewers in a two-hour finale. Sex, brawls and even an IPO launch at the New York Stock Exchange wrapped the first season for a show that started big (premiering in January with about 10 million total viewers) and then grew its audience every week across 12 episodes.

The finale’s viewership jumped 11% from last week’s audience of 14.9 million total viewers. The closing episodes also hit a 6.4 rating among adults under 50, a series high that grew 10% from last week.

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