Empire on FOX

Fox’s Empire series closed out its first season with a bang this week, garnering massive viewership.

Since its debut in January, the Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard-led series has continued to grow its audience.

On Wednesday (March 18), the two-hour season finale drew in 16.5 million viewers.

Empire pulled in a 6.4 rating in the coveted 18-49 demographic. The first hour drew a 6.0 rating with 15.6 million viewers, while the second hour had a 6.8 rating with 17.5 million viewers.

The numbers make Empire season’s last episode the highest rated finale for a new series since ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy in 2005.