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Ratings: FOX’s “Empire” Reaches Another Series High (Updated)

Update: Headline Planet’s projection was correct: the final ratings report brought upgraded numbers for FOX’s “Empire.”

Wednesday’s episode of the freshman drama drew a 5.4 adults 18-49 rating with 13.90 million viewers. Both figures represent series highs.

Lead-in “American Idol” drew a 2.7 with 10.38 million viewers for the season’s first competition episode.

Shows simply do not perform the way FOX’s “Empire” has cross its first two months.

Last week, that unprecedented upward journey brought FOX’s “Empire” to a whopping 5.2 adults 18-49 rating with 13.02 million viewers. No scripted network program fared as well in adults 18-49.

This week, “Empire” aimed to move even higher.

It did.

Leading out of “American Idol” (2.6 rating, 10.18 million viewers), Wednesday’s “Empire” soared to a series high 5.3 adults 18-49 rating with 13.75 million viewers, per fast national data. As those numbers include one minute of the lower-rated “American Idol,” an upward adjustment in the final ratings report is very likely.

Each of the seven post-premiere “Empire” episodes has enjoyed a viewership increase. All but one gained in adults 18-49.

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

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