The reign will continue: Fox has renewed hit drama Empire for a third season.
The network has given an early renewal to the series, which has averaged a whopping 21.2 million viewers across multiple platforms and a 7.3 rating among adults 18–49 for its second season when including DVR playback. Plus Empire was recently the only broadcast series to earn a Golden Globe nomination for best drama, while star Taraji P. Henson won the Globe on Sunday for best leading actress in a TV drama.
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Empire launched midseason on Fox last year and became a ratings phenomenon. Fox then added the show to its fall schedule this season. While ratings have remained dominant, the numbers have slipped a bit near the show’s winter finale from its prior heights. When Empire returns on Wednesday, March 30, the series will once again be paired with American Idol, which provided the drama with a helpful lead-in last season.
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Empire stars Terrence Howard alongside Henson as the heads of the Lyon family, with rising stars Jussie Smollett, Bryshere “Yazz” Gray, and Trai Byers playing their sons. The series’ high profile has led to a number of big-name guest stars, including Mary J. Blige, Vivica A. Fox, Ludacris, Marisa Tomei, and Chris Rock, while Empire’s first soundtrack, fittingly titled Empire: Original Soundtrack From Season 1, was nominated for a Grammy.