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Ratings for the two-hour season finale of “Empire” have made the series No. 1 with a bullet for the 2014-15 TV season.

“Empire” averaged 16.5 million viewers from 8 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, according to preliminary national ratings from Nielsen.

Among the advertiser-coveted audience of 18-to-49-year-olds, the prime-time hip-hop soap delivered a 6.4 rating — topping all entertainment programs on the broadcast networks in the 2014-15 season with the exception of NBC’s post-Super Bowl telecast of “The Blacklist.”

The Wednesday 9 p.m. hour – which is the regular time period for “Empire,” – scored a 6.9 rating in the demo. That pushes the series ahead of “Big Bang Theory” as the most watched entertainment series on broadcast TV season in the 18-to-49 category. Zoom out further to include cable, and it is second to only to AMC’s “The Walking Dead.”

“Empire” premiered in January to 9.9 million total viewers and a 3.8 rating among adults 18-49.

“It’s an 80% increase in total viewers since the first week,” noted Brad Adgate, senior vice president of research for Horizon Media. “That’s extraordinary.”

With the finale’s numbers, the series continued its run of building its audience week-to-week, an impressive feat in an era when rating expectations for hit shows have been substantially lowered by a multitude of choices and the ability to catch up on most programs through streaming and video on demand.

Adgate noted that “Empire” is another strong example of how “catch-up” viewing through VOD and streaming helping build the live day and date audience of a show. Word-of-mouth on “Empire” drove viewers to sample the series on other platforms and won them over to the point that they needed to stay current with it.

According to Nielsen’s most recent season-to-date data, through March 15, “Empire” has ranked fourth in overall viewers (15.63 million) over seven days of viewing when football isn’t factored in. It’s falls behind “NCIS” (19.07 million ); “The Big Bang Theory” (19.16 million) and “NCIS: New Orleans” (18.27 million).

And the Lyon family’s antics in Wednesday’s finale also played well in the social media space. The finale generated 2.4 million tweets during the on-air broadcast.


50 shades of grey among box office highest earners. PHOTO/FILE.

Fifty Shades Of Grey has now made more than $500 million at the box office worldwide, making it one of the highest-earning explicit films of all time.

The big screen adaptation of E.L James’ book may not have been a success with the critics, but it has surpassed all expectations to become a box office smash.

Having boasted one of the strongest openings for an 18-rated film ever, it has now surpassed Ted to become Universal Pictures’ highest-grossing explicit international release ever.

Other R-rated (the American equivalent of an 18 rating) films now left trailing by Fifty Shades include Pretty Woman, Gladiator, The Exorcist and The Matrix.

It still has some way to go to match the highest-grossing explicit film ever, with 2003’s The Matrix Reloaded raking in a total of $742 million worldwide.

According to Forbes, Fifty Shades is also one of the highest-grossing live-action films directed by a woman, second only to Mamma Mia.

In just one weekend, the movie version of the best-selling book, Fifty Shades of Grey, has racked up $265 million at the global box office.

The erotic movie “Fifty Shades of Grey” went out in theaters on Friday. But the Kenya Film Classification Board  will not be showing it, citing “prolonged and explicit sexual scenes depicting women as sexual slaves.”

Under the ban, anyone who distributes or shows it in Kenya is liable to a fine, imprisonment or both.

“Fifty Shades” is based on a book by E. L. James. It tells the steamy story of young, attractive billionaire Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, the young woman he sexually dominates. Jamie Dornan, star of the crime drama “The Fall,” and Dakota Johnson play the lead characters.

The Kenya Film Classification Board which regulates movie content in Kenya in their statement warned theaters not to show the much-anticipated film.

“The Kenya Film Classification Board wishes to inform the public, film operators and stakeholders that the film has been restricted,” it said in a statement this week. “It should not be screened or distributed to the public.”

Last year, the board banned “The Wolf of Wall Street,” saying it has “extreme nudity, sex, alcohol and drugs.”

The controversial fantasy romance “Fifty Shades of Grey” lands ahead of “Kingsman: The Secret Service” and the previous week’s leader “Spongebob Squarepants: Sponge Out of Water” at the worldwide box office for the weekend ending February 15.

With forecasts predicting a theatrical tally that exceeds $300m, “Fifty Shades of Grey” is well on the way to becoming one of the top five R-rated movies at the international box office.

Xu Jinglei’s Czech-based Chinese romance “Somewhere Only We Know” also enjoyed success with its mixture of Mandarin and English dialogue and Prague’s scenic backrop.

Here is how the movies ranked from the Global box office for the weekend ending February 15
1. “Fifty Shades of Grey”
2. “Kingsman: The Secret Service”
3. “Spongebob Squarepants: Sponge Out of Water”
4. “Somewhere Only We Know”
5. “Jupiter Ascending”
6. “American Sniper”
7. “Big Hero 6”
8. “Taken 3”
9. “The Imitation Game”
10. “Night At The Museum: Secret of the Tomb”

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