UPDATE, 2:01 PM: And things have just gotten higher and higher for the Fox series. With final numbers now in, Empire has broken its own record of this morning with a 5.4/15 rating and 13.90 million viewers. In adjusted numbers, that’s up 3% from the final ratings of 5.2/15 from last week. In total audience, Empire rose up 7% from the 13.0 million of its February 18 show. Early ratings in the AM today had the Lee Daniels, Brian Grazer and Danny Strong-created drama with a 5.3/15 rating and 13.8 million viewers.
In another final ratings news, the Season 30 debut of Survivor, American Idol and Arrow all moved up a tenth. That leaves last night’s debut of the CBS veteran show as being tied with the Season 28 opener of February 26 last year for its lowest premiere ever. ABC’s Nashville and black-ish went down a tenth from this morning’s numbers as did The CW’s The 100.