'Empire' Ratings Hit New High As Season Finale Approaches

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Lucious (Terrence Howard) watches a rehearsal in the "The Lyon's Roar" episode of Empire airing Wednesday, Feb. 25 on FOX.

With only three more weeks left to its freshman season, Empire is still growing.

For the seventh week in a row, the Fox drama clocked another series high -- rising to a 5.3 rating among adults 18-49. That's technically even with last week's final score, but two-tenths of an improvement from last Wednesday's Fast Nationals. And with a minute of lower-rated American Idol bleeding into Fox's 9 p.m. hour, last night's Empire is all but sure to be adjusted upwards.

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As for total viewership, Empire rose to 13.75 million viewers -- making it the most-watched telecast of the night.

Empire's growth continues to leave many scratching their heads. Seven consecutive weeks of improvement for a freshman series in unheard of these days. For Fox, it will only be able to get three more Wednesdays out of the show. Four hours of the freshman order remain, with a two-hour finale slated for March 18.

This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.


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