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Ratings: FOX’s “Empire” Climbs to Yet Another Series High (Updated)

Update: Consistent with Headline Planet’s projection, Wednesday’s “Empire” received an upward adjustment in the final ratings report.

It ultimately scored a 5.8 adults 18-49 rating with 14.33 million viewers. Both marks represent series highs for the show, which drew a 5.4 with 13.90 million viewers last week.

Following its January 7 premiere, “Empire” has posted eight consecutive viewership increases and delivered a demo rating increase in all but one of its telecasts.

“American Idol,” which led into “Empire,” scored a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating with 8.89 million viewers.

At a certain point, viewership for FOX’s “Empire” will reach its unavoidable ceiling.

That point is not this week.

For the eighth consecutive week, the blockbuster FOX drama enjoys an uptick in total viewership. After soaring to a series high audience total of 13.90 million last week, “Empire” attracted 14.19 million viewers this week. And insofar as that number includes one minute of the lower-rated “American Idol,” it will likely be even higher in the day’s final report.

The viewership gain comes in conjunction with another lift in adults 18-49. This week’s drew a 5.7, which bests last week’s 5.4.

Across the eight episodes that followed the January 7 series premiere, only one failed to post a week-over-week gain in adults 18-49.

— FOX led into “Empire” with “American Idol.” Against competition from a “The Voice ” special, “Idol” slipped to a 2.1 with 8.75 million viewers.

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.

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