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'Empire' ratings: Audience grows but demo finally dips

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After eight weeks of consecutive record-breaking ratings gains, Fox’s Empire has finally snapped its incredible rising streak in one metric—but made even higher gains in another. Last night’s episode went down in the morning Nielsens among adults 18-49, but rose among total viewers. 

Wednesday’s Empire had 14.7 million viewers and a 5.6 rating among adults 18-49. That will extend its viewership record to the ninth-week mark. (Empire usually tends to creep up a tenth of a point in the nationals, so in theory the hip-hop drama could still tie last week in the demo by gaining two tenths.) 

Of course Empire crushed every show on broadcast. From its premiere to last week’s episode, Empire has grown more than any broadcast series since House in 2004, and last week’s episode was the highest rating for any regular broadcast drama in five years. 

Also last night: The second week of CBS’ CSI: Cyber (9.7 million, 1.8) managed to hold onto its premiere rating—always a good sign, while the bloody finale of The CW’s The 100 (1.3 million, 0.4) was up a tick.