FOX has (entirely unsurprisingly) picked up “Empire” for a fifth season in 2018-19.

The network made the announcement Wednesday, three weeks ahead of “Empire’s” season finale and 12 days before FOX announces its schedule for next season.

In same-day ratings, “Empire” is FOX’s top show among adults 18-49, averaging a 1.9 rating along with 5.79 million total viewers. A week of delayed viewing bumps the show up to 2.9 in the 18-49 demographic (second on FOX to the 3.0 for “9-1-1”) and 8.29 million.

FOX says the show delivers 11.3 million multiplatform viewers per episode, No. 2 on the network behind “9-1-1’s” 14.8 million.

In both same-day and Live +7 ratings, “Empire” ranks in the top 10 shows on network TV this season, a mark it’s reached in all four of its seasons to date.

The show is the fifth series FOX has renewed for 2018-19, joining “9-1-1,” “The Gifted,” “The Orville” and “The Simpsons.” The network is also adding “Thursday Night Football” to its lineup for the fall.

“Empire” also joins these shows that have been renewed for 2018-19 and beyond.

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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