The first season of FOX’s television series, Empire, first aired on January 7, 2015 after American Idol’s fourteenth season’s premiere and concluded on March 18, 2015 with a 2 hour season finale.

The epic family battle begins when the powerful new drama EMPIRE debuts. From Academy Award nominee Lee Daniels, comes a drama about a family dynasty, set within a world of music, glamour, danger and power. The television show consists of eight main characters, including the stars of the show Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson.

The show was met with generally positive reviews from critics. The show’s premiere ranked as Fox’s highest-rated debut in three years. Viewership has increased continuously; Empire is the first series in at least 23 years to have its viewership increase week to week for its first five episodes. The show continues to increase its viewership with further episodes. Episodes of the show have also been heavily watched on Video on Demand and other streaming services. Every episode of Empire has increased in viewership from the previous.