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‘Empire’ Officially Makes Television History… Again

'Empire' Officially Makes Television History... Again

It’s one of
the great unsolved mysteries of the ages. Why is this damn show so popular?

But “Empire” has now officially made television history once again.. For the 7th consecutive week, the series has seen its audience numbers and
ratings increase from the previous week. No other show in the history of television has had its
ratings and audience numbers rise with each following week. That is, according to Variety, “unprecedented.”

This week’s episode attracted some 13.9 million viewers, with a 15 Share Nielsen rating, which is up 3%
from last week’s ratings, and up 7% from the number of people watching the show.

Last
week’s episode was also number one show among Xfinity cable On Demand TV shows. And
that’s not including DVR viewers, which could add another few million viewers
to that number.

However, it’s
not the most watched show on television. That honor still goes to CBS’ “NCIS” which, on
average, gets 18 million viewers a week. But at the rate “Empire” is going, it
could beat that in the near future.

Which means that, you can bet Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, and everyone else involved with the show, are negotiating for some HUGE salary increases for next season.

But for you “The
Walking Dead” fans out there (like me), don’t despair, we’re still strong too. Last week’s episode was, once again, the most watch show on cable television with 13.4 million viewers (which TV analysts say is actually
more like 28 million viewers, if you add in DVR, On Demand and repeat viewers). And last week, AMC announced that the show was responsible
for a 25% increase in advertising revenue for the network last quarter.

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