Report: Fox’s Empire Breaks 23-Year Ratings Record

The hip-hop drama is the strongest hourlong show this season.

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Co-stars Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard and Executive Producer Lee Daniels speak onstage during the Empire panel discussion at the 2015 Winter TCA Tour at the Langham Hotel Jan. 17, 2015, in Pasadena, Calif.

 

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Empire, the hip-hop drama that stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, has broken a ratings record that stood for more than 23 years, according to Entertainment Weekly.

The show is averaging 14 million viewers and a strong 5.6 rating among adults 18-49 so far for the first two weeks of the season, with total DVR data available, the report notes. Fox says the show is the only prime-time scripted series to grow in total viewers over each of its first five telecasts since at least 1991 and is the strongest hourlong show this season, the news outlet reports.

While the record may have stood for longer than that, the report notes, Nielsen revised its measuring system 23 years ago, “and so, comparisons can only be properly calculated that far back.”  

Further to its credit, Empire is technically the only series—not just scripted—to have earned such an accomplishment, the entertainment news site writes. 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 started instead of regular episodes, accordng to the news outlet.

Read more at Entertainment Weekly.