Women in Music 2016

'Empire' Premiere Ratings Beat Return of 'American Idol'

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Terrence Howard as powerful music mogul Lucious Lyon in the premiere episode of Empire airing Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015 on FOX.

Fox had some much-needed good news on Wednesday night. Even though American Idol slipped again in its 14th cycle, that did not deter drama Empire from coming out of the gate very strong.

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The 9 p.m. drama averaged a 3.7 rating among adults 18-49 and 9.8 million viewers, per Nielsen Fast National ratings, easily making it one of the top launches of the 2014-15 season.

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That number also put it as the top-rated show of Wednesday night, besting Modern Family and the return of American Idol.

The one-hour Idol pulled a premiere low 3.1 rating with adults 18-49. That's down significantly from the 4.7 rating it brought in last January, though that episode stretched for two hours. Still, American Idol had a slight edge in total viewers, averaging 10.7 million. 

This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.