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

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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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Julie Haze
Julie Haze

EMPIRE rules. That is all.

su0000
su0000

I love Empire !!!!!
but-
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..

anacarrie
anacarrie

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.

Mo
Mo

I thought everyone did a great job.

Loved Rhonda standing up to Lucisous.

Will miss Lola. She’s so cute!

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

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

twb6yz
twb6yz

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.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

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!

sonniorsolita
sonniorsolita

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!

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

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…

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

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EMPIRE Season Six Premiere: Andre Is In For A Shocker

When Fox’s music biz soap opera, Empire returns for its sixth and final season (kicking off this Tuesday, September 24th, 9/8c) the opener features cancer survivor, Andre Lyon (Trai Byers) in charge of the Lyon dynasty – with his dad, Luscious completely MIA.

But when addressing the company staff on some changes within the structure of the organization and his plans, he is stunned when none other than Tracy (Amanda Detmer), that’s previously referred to and known as “White Tracy’” (due to her crack addiction), shows up with a soapy bombshell during the meeting.

The mother of Andre’s deceased half-brother, Jeff Kingsley saunters in and announces, “I’m Empire’s newest co-owner!”   And with that, season six begins its arc with a battle for control that will be front and center.

Tracy wants payback and has an ax to grind.  In the season 5 finale, she told the Lyon clan that her decision to donate her son’s heart to save Andre would come with strings attached, but did anyone expect she would go this far?  Yup!  Watch the teaser below for Tuesday’s night’s first episode of the  final season.

Meanwhile, the season six key art featuring series stars: Taraji P Henson (Cookie) and Terrence Howard  (Luscious) in the same position as the famous scene in the motion picture Titanic has with it the saying “Rule to the end”.   Who will be left standing when the series comes to its exciting and emotional conclusion?

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‘Empire’ Final Season: Official Word No Jussie Smollett, Vivica A Fox To Series Regular, Spin-Offs Possible After Series Concludes

Plenty of news coming out of the Fox TCA panels and executive session.  Most notable was drama surrounding the sixth and final season of the sudsy Empire.

According to Fox CEO Charlie Collier when talk of potential spin-offs of the series came up: “We’re in the Lee Daniels and Danny Strong business — if there is more story to tell we want to hear it.”  Collier, referencing the series creators.

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Collier also noted that a big send-off is planned for the series as its heads to its final episodes.  In addition, the CEO officially revealed after all the speculation that Jussie Smollett (Ex-Jamal Lyon), would not be returning to Empire for its final season.

Charlie noted, “There’s no plan for Jussie to return.”  Smollett got in trouble with the law in Chicago back in January, over an alleged hate crime, the actor claimed was perpetrated on him, when later he was charged for setting the whole thing up himself, and later those charges later dropped,   But Jussie’s problems with the Windy City are continuing hot and heavy this week.

Finally, soap opera favorite, Vivica A. Fox (Generations, DAYS) has been upped to series regular in her role as Candace.  As Empire viewers know, Candace is the older sister to Cookie Lyon, played by Taraji P. Henson.

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So, would you like to see an Empire spin-off?  Happy or sad that Jussie Smollett is not coming back to the series before it says goodbye/ Looking forward to more Vivica? Comment below.

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Jussie Smollett Will Not Return To ‘Empire’ Relates Lee Daniels; 911 Call Released Of His Alleged Attack

The co-creator of Fox’s sudsy Empire, Lee Daniels, confirmed yesterday that actor/singer Jussie Smollett will not return to the series for its final season, after the renewal pick-up of the show’s sixth and final season was announced, where it left Smollett’s fate with the series a big ambiguous.

How the final blow of any possibility of Smollett’s return came to light was when Daniels was responding to a Variety report in which multiple production sources said that writing staff was breaking ideas for the final season with the expectation that Smollett would appear in the back half of the 18 planned episodes. However, Daniels strongly expressed upon that item that: “Jussie will NOT be returning to Empire.”

Smollett was written out of the final episodes of the show’s fifth season in the aftermath and backlash stemming from that he faked a hate crime against himself earlier this year in Chicago.

In addition on Wednesday, the city of Chicago (TMZ had already beat them to it) released 911 calls where a friend of Smollett’s called for help following his alleged attack.  A man (later identified as Smollett’s manager, Frank Gatson) said he “works with an artist” told the  operator that the victim did not want to file a report with authorities, but he was going to ‘make’ him.”

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The caller added that the victim said the attackers put a noose around his neck expressing: “What’s really weird ma’m, just ‘cus I’m scared and I don’t know what it is, they put a noose around his neck.  They didn’t do anything with it, but put it around his neck. That’s pretty f—d up to me — sorry for saying it like that.”

A second 911 call was apparently made 15 minutes later after the police had not yet responded to the first call, where the caller said about Smollett, “He was jumped on the street and we’re just trying to report it.”

So, what do you think of the news that Smollett is definitely out of the final season of Empire? What do you think of the 911 call? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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