'Empire' rides high as it heads to finale

March 17, 2015 9:42 PM

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Wednesday (8 p.m. ET/PT), Fox's midseason juggernaut is taking a triumphant bow in a two-hour finale. The show, a Dynasty set in today's hip-hop scene, stars Terrence Howard as a label boss and Taraji P. Henson as his recently sprung-from-jail ex-wife. And the addictive series has managed to turn back the hands of time: Viewers are actually watching this show live. By the millions.

Empire has broken Nielsen records as the first series since at least 1991 to build its audience in every episode. It's this season's No. 1 drama among young adults and has surpassed The Walking Dead and Scandal on Twitter. And the soapy, music-filled drama is giving the industry a gut-check in diver...

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