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7 February 8th, 2015 EMPIRE Breaks 23-Year Ratings Record Becoming Only Scripted Series To Grow In Total Viewers In Each Of Its First Five Episodes!


Last week, we reported in a feature on Empire creator Lee Daniels that the red hot primetime sudsy drama was ascending to the throne of all television series, but now it is clear it is already there!

In record breaking news via its network FOX, Empire has broken a ratings record that stood the test of time for more than 23 years.  The hip-hop music familial drama is now the only primetime scripted series to grow in total viewers over each of its first five telecasts since at least 1991!

And according to,  Empire is technically the only series – not just scripted – to have accomplished this. ABC’s game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire grew through each of its first five telecasts in 1999, but they were technically considered “specials” when the show first started instead of regular episodes.”

Last week, according to Nielsen Live + Same Day ratings, Empire was watched by 11.47 million viewers with a 4.6 rating/14 share in the Adults 18-49 demo. The  series is averaging 14 million viewers and a 5.6 rating among adults 18-19!

What do you think about the astounding ratings of Empire?  Are you captivated by the series?  If so, who is your favorite character  …  Cookie, (Taraji B. Henson)  Lucious (Terrence Howard), Jamal (Jussie Smollett), or someone else?  Let us know!

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  1. su0000 says:

    ALL the characters of Empire are my favorites! all of them!
    I am enthralled with the series and binge watched 4 episodes Sat evening..

    I like to binge because it keeps the show flowing and when watching week to week waiting for the next week it sorta disconnects from the rolling of involvement/emotions..
    and- it makes it more like a movie to hold back and gather at least 4 episodes and then sit back and binge for a great evening!

    so watching 4 episodes Sat was AWESOME!!! the time flew by and I wanted more!!
    Empire is indeed fascinating!


    Jeremy replied

    I’m all caught up, too! I love Empire. Lots of great talent and effective storytelling.


    su0000 replied

    Empire grabs me and pulls me in, and that is a good thing!!
    I can hardly wait for the next 4 episodes to be binged!!
    makes for a great night cuddled down with popcorn and a Dr. Pepper or wine ;)

    Jeremy replied

    nix the popcorn… try a Cookie!

    su0000 replied

    aaahhaa! (good one, Jeremy!

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  3. Belle says:

    I echo the above comments; I’m enthralled by the cast and Leo!


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