Hulu announced on Thursday it has entered into a multi-year pact with Twentieth Century Fox Television to become the exclusive SVOD home of the hour-long Fox drama Empire.
All future episodes of the show will be available to Hulu Plus subscribers a day after they air on Fox.
Empire has been the surprise runaway success of the TV season, with viewership building week after week. When the series debuted in January, it earned a 2.8 Nielsen rating, equivalent to about 9.8 million viewers. Wednesday’s two-hour season finale earned a 6.4 rating, averaging 16.7 million viewers from 8 to 10 p.m. Furthermore, during its 9 p.m. hour (its regular time slot), it scored a 6.9 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-old demographic, making it the most-watched entertainment program this season on broadcast TV for that age bracket.
Hulu Plus subscribers can now watch the entire first season, while viewers using ad-supported Hulu can only access five of the 12 episodes.
This week, the Empire soundtrack hit #1 on Billboard‘s 200 Albums Chart, marking the first time a TV soundtrack has debuted at #1 since 2010. Each episode includes music by producer Timbaland, along with guest vocalists that have included Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Courtney Love and Estelle.