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‘Empire’ breaks 23-year ratings record

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HARTFORD – Lee Daniels’ Empire has taken the television community by storm in the five weeks since its premiere.  According to Entertainment Weekly, the hip-hop drama has broken a ratings record that has stood for than 23 years as the only prime-time scripted series to grow in total viewers over each of its first five telecasts since at least 1991.

A record, which may have stood for even longer than that, as Nielsen revised its measuring system 23 years ago, “and so, comparisons can only be properly calculated that far back.”

The FOX show, starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, is averaging 14 million viewers and a 5.6 rating among adults 18-49 and is, according to FOX, their strongest hour-long show this season.

Watch Empire Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. on Fox CT.

Read more at Entertainment Weekly.