*“Empire” does it again.
Ratings for Wednesday’s penultimate episode rose in total viewers from the previous episode for an eighth consecutive week.
However, the show did finally halt its nearly unprecedented growth streak in the key demo. Wednesday’s outing brought in a 5.6 rating among adults 18-49, per Fast National Nielsen returns. That’s off a tenth from last week’s initial score.
As has been the custom for the past week weeks, the slight “American Idol” spillover into the hour likely means that final ratings this afternoon will give “Empire” an even bigger number. It will have to rise to a 5.8 to tie last week’s official rating, the series high.
With a tentative “14.7” million viewers, Empire is already pacing well ahead of last week’s final score among total viewers: 14.33 million. So while many will be eager to point out that the show (maybe) finally stopped growing with adults 18-49, it’s still improving its audience.
Regardless of the minor adjustments later on Thursday afternoon, all eyes will be on next week’s two-hour finale when all of the attention may leave “Empire” poised to grow again.