Empire is one of the most popular shows on TV right now. Nielsen began tracking numbers some 23 years ago and Empire has become the only show in all these years to grow its viewer base every single week with each new episode. Latest numbers show that last night’s season finale was watched live by over 16.5 million people. CBS’s Survivor is its closest competitor, but Empire has a lead of more than 7 million viewers. So imagine how Hulu subscribers will feel when they find out that they are the only ones who can stream Empire online.

Hulu has bagged exclusive online streaming rights for Empire. The online video streaming service today confirmed that this agreement covers all past and future episodes of Empire. All Hulu Plus users can immediately start streaming the entire first season.

They will also be able to stream new episodes on Hulu just one day after new episodes are aired on Fox. This is really a big win for Hulu.

Though it does merit mentioning here that Fox owns a major part of Hulu, which is actually an online streaming service that a couple of broadcasters created, so there’s no surprise that Hulu was the streaming service of choice for Empire.

Hulu is also reported to be involved in the streaming rights war for Seinfeld, the undisputed king of syndicated television, Netflix is believed to have taken itself out of the running.

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