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Fox's Empire is killing it. 

Fox's Empire is killing it.


The LGBT-friendly series drew its largest audience yet this past Wednesday.

Numbers show that Empire is winning big, even beating out American Idol (yep, it's still on), which airs right before.

According to Variety, Empire holds a 4.3 rating and a series-high 11.36 million total viewers, compared to Idol's 11.28 million. The series hit has steadily grown in viewership since its January 7th premiere, which caught 9.9 million viewers' attention and has only increased since.

"The show continues to generate a young, diverse audience, averaging a whopping 60 share among African-Americans heading into [Wednesday's episode] and standing as the season's No. 1 program among blacks in adults 18-49, 25-54 and 18-34," writes Variety. "But it's also the No. 1 new series and broadcast drama among English-speaking Hispanic adults under 50...And though it does very well with women, it's also the No. 2 new series of the season in men 18-49 and men 18-34 (behind only the net's Gotham)."

Numbers reveal Empire's impressive reach and how television viewers are beginning to embrace LGBT visibility on screen. As writer, director, and producer Lee Daniels told us last week in an exclusive interview, "[The] content opens you up."

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