In one of the least surprising bits of news likely to come out the winter TV press tour, FOX has picked up a fourth season of “Empire.”

The show’s ratings have fallen this season, true, but it’s still the No. 1 drama (and No. 2 show overall) among adults 18-49 on the broadcast networks this season.

“Empire” averages a 3.2 rating among adults 18-49 and 8.67 million viewers in live + same-day figures. Add a week of DVR and on-demand viewing and it rises to a 4.8 and 12.5 million viewers. Only “The Big Bang Theory” (3.4 same-day, 5.3 Live +7) has better numbers among non-sports shows on the broadcast networks.

“Empire” is also FOX’s top-rated show by a wide margin. Its 3.2 same-day rating is 45 percent higher than the No. 2 show on the network, “The Simpsons” (2.2).

The show is the third FOX series guaranteed a spot on the 2017-18 schedule, along with “The Simpsons” and “Bob’s Burgers.” It joins this list of series renewed for next season.

“Empire” is currently on hiatus and will return for the second half of Season 3 on March 22.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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