Bre-Z (Freda) and Terrence Howard (Lucious Lyon) appear in this photo from the "Be True" episode of Fox's "Empire."

Bre-Z (Freda) and Terrence Howard (Lucious Lyon) appear in this photo from the “Be True” episode of Fox’s “Empire.”

*Breaking a three-week ratings decline and seeing its first uptick of its second season, “Empire” was back last night with a 2% rise among adults 18-49 from the final numbers of its October 14 show.

Impressive enough against the MLB Playoffs, which have chewed into Empire’s numbers the past few weeks, the series is up 4% fast nationals-to-fast nationals and could see an adjustment later today, reports Deadline.com. Among viewers, “Empire” is even with last week’s 12.2 million.

The hip hop drama was certainly helped by the 8–3 score in the Mets vs. Cubs game and also by its lead-in “Rosewood,” seeing a 7% bump up in the key demo from last week. All of which puts Fox at the top spot both in the 18-49s with a 3.1/10 rating and total audience of 8.70 million.