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EMPIRE Grows Audience To 14.7 Million, Most Tweeted Episode-To-Date, Demo Dips Ever So Slightly!



Wednesday night after another juicy episode of Fox’s hit sudsy drama Empire, the hip-hop familial drama  scored its largest audience to date with 14.7 million based on preliminary numbers.

In addition, Fox tweeted this morning that the episode was the most-tweeted-episode to date with a whopping +750K live tweets! The only ratings numbers to dip ever so slightly, and for the very first time in the series record-breaking inaugural season run was in it’s unprecedented eight-week growth streak in the key demo.

Wednesday’s episode brought in a 5.6 rating among adults 18-49, per Fast National Nielsen returns. That will probably end up being one tenth or two tenths off it’s best showing when final numbers come out.

Whatever the case, next week is the two-hour season finale on Wednesday March 18th, which could set more record breaking numbers.  And what did you think about the performance of Terrence Howard (Lucious), Jussie Smollett (Jamal), and the Lyon family on last night’s episode, when the “Who’s the daddy” drama took a turn, and Lucious put himself in the line of fire to save son Jamal and then Cookie (Taraji B. Henson)?

Watch last night’s Empire OMG Moment after the jump and then weigh-in!

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EMPIRE rules. That is all.

I love Empire !!!!!
Lucious has about 21/2 years to live, and during his remaining time he will eventually be in horrible condition, ALS is horrible..
there is no cure so Lucious is on his way to the grave, then will Empire be as good without him.. I wondered about that..

I guessed last week that Lucious would be revealed as the father when Jussie Smollett said he had this big secret and was behind it all. Plus that is a classic soap opera twist for the father to be revealed to be someone else in the family. It does explain why there was no paternity test and why he so willingly took the baby to his house. But still, I can’t help but hope that Olivia has slept with others and it turns out to not be his kid but in soap world, not likely.

I thought everyone did a great job.

Loved Rhonda standing up to Lucisous.

Will miss Lola. She’s so cute!

The reveal of Lola’s father was classic soap. I hope Lola and her mom visit with some frequency. Great show!

I’ve always loved the sniping between Cookie and “Boo-Boo Kitty.” I sort of wish they didn’t spend Annika out of both the Lyon household and Empire so quickly since they don’t interact as much anymore.

I actually thought Lucious was lying to protect his son…figuring he was going to die anyway from his illness anyway. In this uncharacteristic magnanimous gesture, it turns out that he loves his gay son after all. If it is the case he’s the father, I can see why Cookie would be hurt and Jamal devastatingly disappointed…but he did put himself in the line of fire for both of them. I thought it was a rare glimpse where his love for them came through and was surprised neither one showed relief or gratitude that he was willing to take the bullit. Great episode/acting. And, yes, Lola is beyond adorable!

I love the show but the writing in this episode didn’t measure up. If Luscious is truly the baby’s father (it seems like it was left vague), he would never have let Olivia waltz off with Lola like that. Plus, wouldn’t Jamal have had more of a horrified reaction? It was a great concept, but played out strangely. And if Naomi Campbell’s character refused Lucious’s money and threw his check back in his face, why did she leave? Even if he threw her out of his house, why would she go back to London with nothing at all? I didn’t think that made sense or was well-explained. Still more fun than most of what’s on TV, though!

I agree…I’m still not sure if he’s Lola’s father and, ye, was strange he didn’t encourage them to stay, offer them cold support, something. Also, as I mentioned, where was the love when he put himself in front of a potential bull it for them. Was a bit underdeveloped…

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Taraji P. Henson Says She Fired Her Entire Team After They Failed to Capitalize on Her Success as ‘Empire’s’ Cookie Lyon

When Fox’s hit primetime soap opera, Empire, hit the air it became a smash hit, especially due to its lead female character, Cookie Lyon, as played by Taraji P. Henson.

The actress played Cookie for all she was worth and the some becoming one of the more original soap and television characters. After all, Cookie went to jail for 17 years before being released, and was the wife of former drug dealer, now music mogul, Lucious Lyon played by Terrence Howard.

Now, Taraji revealed all was not kosher behind the scenes during a sit-down interview for the SAG-AFTRA Foundation (see below). It was there, she revealed that she had to fire her entire PR team and more, because of how they failed to capitalize on her rousing success at the time as Cookie.

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The moment came about during the Q&A Henson was asked what was the best business decision she ever made.  She swiftly answered: “Firing everybody after Cookie,” adding, “Everybody had to f**ing’ go. Where is my deal? Where’s my commercial? Cookie was at the top of the fashion game. Where is my endorsement? What did you have set up for after this? That’s why you all haven’t seen me in so long. They had nothing set up.”

Empire fans recall that a ‘Cookie’ prequel had been in the works to continue the character after the series was canceled after six seasons, but nothing happened. At the time reports shared, Danny Strong, co-creator of the Empire was said to be co-writing the series, and it would come through Henson’s new production banner.

Taraji explained what went down behind the scenes: “All they wanted was another Cookie show, and I said, ‘I’ll do it, but it has to be right. The people deserve, she’s to beloved for y’all to f**k it up.’ And so, when they didn’t get it right, I was like, ‘Well, that’s it,’ and they had nothing else. ‘You’re all f**ng fired.”

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Henson added that she felt like she had Stockholm Syndrome from the entire situation, which is defines as a syndrome ‘where hostages sometimes develop a psychological bond with their captors.’ (Think Kevin, Y&R!) The moral of Henson’s story was to make sure the people you pay and who work for you, understand that you are the talent and nothing happens without you including them collecting a paycheck off you.

Henson can currently be seen in the musical version of The Color People in movie theatres everywhere.

Check out her emotional and enlightening conversation with the SAG-AFTRA Foundation below.

Now let us know, do you think Cookie Lyon was one of the best TV characters and should have either been spun off into her own show, or Henson should have appeared in more commercial and endorsement deals given the popularity of the character? Weigh-in via the comment section.

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Jussie Smollett Releases New Rap Single ‘Thank You God’ Speaking On the Injustice of His Court Case

Now that former Empire star, Jussie Smollett (Ex-Jamal Lyon) is out of jail while appealing his conviction for the 2019 Chicago hate crime hoax, in which he was at the epicenter, the singer/actor wasted no time dropping a rap single.

On his Instagram account, Smollett posted a short clip of a new rap song, which speaks about his court case and the injustices brought down upon him by the system.

The track entitled,“Thank You God,” features Smollett rapping lyrics like: “You think I’m stupid enough to kill my reputation?”  He also raps, that there will come a day when he can sit down and talk with his followers.  He gives a mention to “D.L.” who many believe is CNN anchor, Don Lemon, who was originally one of Smollett’s main advocates.

Jussie served 10 days of jail time of his sentence of 150 days before being released . He also has 30 months of probation ahead of him and was ordered to pay $120,106 to the city of Chicago and a $25,000 fine for his actions.

Smollett says any funds raised for “Thank You God” will be donated to the Illinois Innocence Project, Rainbow Push, Secure The Bag Safety.

Check out Jussie’s Instagram post containing the rap below/

Now let us know, what do you think about Smollett releasing this track and still defending his innocence? Comment below.


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‘Empire’ Star, Jussie Smollett, Sentenced to 150 Days In Jail For Fake Hate Crime Attack

Late Thursday, former Empire actor and singer, Jussie Smollett, was sentenced in Chicago more than three months after being found guilty on five felony counts to the alleged 2019 hate crime hoax that made national headlines, and got the actor fired from the former Fox primetime drama series.

In the sentencing, Smollett was sentenced to 150 days starting immediately.  In addition, he received 30 months’ probation, and has to pay the city of Chicago $120,106 in restitution, plus Jussie received an additional $25,000 fine.

Cook County Judge James Linn, who levied the sentence, came down hard in his words on Smollett due his actions noting he was, “selfish, arrogant and narcissistic.”  The judge added, “You wanted to make yourself more famous throwing a national pity party for yourself. You’re just a charlatan, pretending to be the victim of a hate crime.”

Linn went in on Smollett for his ‘performance’ and ‘pure perjury’ when the actor took to the witness stand in his own defense last year.

At the end of his sentencing, Smollett pulled down his mask to speak. He then let everyone in the courtroom know that he feels he is innocent, adding, “Your honor, I respect you and I respect the jury, but I did not do this. And I am not suicidal. And if anything happens to me when I go in there, I did not do it to myself. And you must all know that.”

Just before he was taken into custody, Smollett yelled again that he was innocent and raised a fist in the air as he exited.

Watch the sentencing of Jussie Smollett below, then weigh-in.  Did Smollett get enough of a sentence for his crime? Share your thoughts via the comment section.

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