Ten episodes in and the champagne still floweth freely... the latest episode of Empire rose again, at least among total viewers, during the penultimate episode of its wildly successful freshman season.
But the show did finally halt its nearly unprecedented eight-week growth streak in the key demo. Wednesday's episode 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 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.