According to The Hollywood Reporter, the meteoric rise (and rise and rise) of Empire's first season concluded during Wednesday's two-hour finale. And though it appears to be again steady in the targeted demographic of adults 18-49, the show kept with habit and added even more viewers. Two hours of Empire averaged a preliminary 6.4 rating among adults 18-49 and 16.5 million viewers. As for its audience, that's up 800,000 viewers from the previous week. The tune-in the regular 9 p.m. hour was even more impressive. In its time slot, Empire fetched a 6.8 rating in the demo and 17.5 million viewers.
Empire premiered Jan. 7 to a 3.8 rating among adults 18-49 and 9.9 million viewers. It subsequently grew its viewership every week for each of the 11 episodes that followed — and, with the exception last week's penultimate outing, Empire also managed the same feat in the key demo.
That's just the same-day scores. With seven days of DVR, the latest data has it averaging a 6.5 rating with adults 18-49 and 15.8 million viewers. It will end the season as the top show on the broadcast networks, second only toThe Walking Dead on all of TV. Final ratings, will come around 9:30 a.m. PT, could still bring some adjustments to Empire's Wednesday haul.
Sidebar: Loved the finale of Empire.