Fox’s Empire won’t stop building.
Wednesday’s eventful two-hour season finale averaged a record 16.7 million viewers, according to updated Nielsens, up 12% from 14.9 million for last week’s one-hour episode. (The red-hot show drew 17.6 million for its final hour).
Among young adults, Empire climbed 16% from last week, and through 12 hours, now ranks as the top-rated network series among viewers ages 18 to 49, eclipsing CBS’s The Big Bang Theory, with only original episodes counted. Fox also crowed that Wednesday marked the top-rated night of entertainment programming among that crowd since American Idol’s January 2012 season premiere.
And the show the big, again, on social media: 4.2 million U.S. Facebook users generated 15.8 million likes, comments or shares, and fans posted 2.4 million tweets about the show.
Source: USA Today | Gary Levin