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