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EMPIRE Season 2 Opener Brings In 16 Million Viewers, It's Second Best Rating To Date!

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The hit soap, Empire returned with a vengeance on Wednesday night. The Fox series was firing on all cylinders in its messages, it’s storylines and it’s performances (we loved former ATWT star Marisa Tomei guest star turn), and Jussie Smollett’s (Jamal) musical performances!

And the numbers were very strong for it’s second season opener.   Empire scored 16 million total viewers and a 6.5 rating share, which is only slightly under their record-setting season one finale second hour!  That episode gave Empire 17.6 million and a 6.9 share.

But even more notable is: Against it’s own series debut Empire was up 62 and 71 percent. That represents the largest Season 1/Season 2 leap in 10 years, since the record setting performance of House!

So, what did you think of last night’s second season premiere? What was your favorite part during the episode? Are you surprised that Empire is continuing to perform so strong?  Share your thoughts below!

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Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

The magic continues, which is what I was worried about! But the show is as incredible as it was last season! Thank God FOX is not screwing this one up!

su0000
su0000

Empire is totally out of the box great !
It has everything a great soap is made of; fashion, love, hate, romance, suffering, backstory, intrigue, betrayal, family, tragedy, triumph, revenge, brother against brother, POWER .. and the list goes on ..

Andrew
Andrew

Yes I agree with you Scott, I was worried too, but the magic is still there. I love Empire so much, I love Cookie, she is hilarious and a wonderful actress too. The ratings are hitting the roof.

sonniorsolita
sonniorsolita

I was a huge fan last season but thought the opener was horrible. Marisa Tomei was playing a cartoon. Why is Anika even still involved with this family? Jamal’s complete personality transplant was unbelievable. Hakeem already has become tiresome. Not enough music. Chris Rock was horribly miscast. I did like the actress playing Cookie’s sister. She, at least, seemed real. Sorry to be a downer. I had waited all summer for the return, and this really let me down. Thank God for “Nashville” afterward, which was in good form.

Jessica
Jessica

1. The entire show is a cartoon. It’s a melodrama. It’s a soap opera. All of them are playing archetypes. I thought Marisa Tomei was divine and fit right in.
2. Hakeem has always been tiresome.
3. Chris Rock was indeed horribly miscast.
4. Anika is involved with the company, not the family, except for Hakeem who she is sleeping with, presumeably to piss off Lucious.
5.

penny
penny

DAYUMMMM!

Anacarrie
Anacarrie

COOKIE AND LUCIOUS ALWAYS DELIVERS. I ALWAYS ENJOY THEM; THEY ARE THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE SHOW. CAN’T WAIT TO NEXT WEEK.

Jessica
Jessica

I thought it was mediocre but as usual Cookie had some of the best lines on television. My personal favorite: “You can’t even dyke right!”.

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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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‘Empire’ Will End Its Run After Upcoming Sixth Season

Fox has announced during Monday’s pre-upfront call with the media that Empire’s upcoming sixth season (they just got renewed for that season just the other week) will ultimately be its last.

Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier expressed: “We are turning the final season into a large TV event — we are trying to go out guns a-blazing. You allow fans to lean in and have the ending they deserve.”

The final season will consist of 20 episodes.

As to whether Jussie Smollett would coming back for the show’s last hurrah, Collier only would say, “At this point, we have no plans for that.”   He also noted the writer’s room has not even been put in place for the new season.

Previously, Fox Entertainment along with 20th Century Fox Television extended Smollett’s option for the upcoming sixth season, but at that time also stated there were no plan for him to re-appear on-screen as Jamal.

Smollett claimed that he was the victim of an assault based hate crime, but later was accused of hiring two men to attack him and was indicted for filing false police reports/statements.  Fast-forward, the criminal charges were dropped in March, and Smollett has maintained his innocence.

As a result of all the bad publicity cast on Smollett and more, the series decided to cut Smollett out of the final two episodes of the 5th season.

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