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 EW.com, 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!