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Lucious, Cookie, and Jamal Make Wednesday Night's EMPIRE Another Stellar Ratings Winner For FOX!

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Empire is red hot! The sudsy new series on FOX featuring powerful performances and rich characters starring Terrence Howard (Lucious), Taraji B. Henson (Cookie) and Jussie Smollett (Jamal) once again was a ratings winner after last night’s episode!

According to TV Media Insights: Week three of Fox’s now bonafide new hit drama Empire topped the 9 p.m. hour with a 7.6 rating/12 share in the household overnights. Comparably, this was four percent above its week two telecast (7.3/11 on Jan. 14), and that translated into 10.32 million viewers and a 4.0 rating/12 share among adults 18-49 (based on the live plus same day data). The overnight retention for Empire out of the 8:30 p.m. portion of lead-in  American Idol (8.6/13) was solid at 88 percent. Three-week overnight track for Empire: 6.8/10 – 7.3/11 – 7.6/12.

In story, Lucious unrelenting homophobia continued to further drive his son Jamal to strike back! After Jamal impressed dad with a performance at a family gathering, and Lucious said it would be the perfect record for John Legend to record, it raised the ire of Jamal.  Later, Lucious seemingly wanting to repent for his actions and goes to talk to Jamal, only things further dissolve.  Jamal reminds his father of the beatings he suffered through as a child at his hands!  “My obedience is no longer for sale,” in a defiant tone Jamal says to Lucious.  Then, Lucious bring up the fact that Jamal is not paying for the apartment he is living in! 

However, Jamal declares his independence with his boyfriend Michael in tow, and they vacate the apartment, and leave the key.  When alone, Michael asks if Jamal is sure he wants to give everything up that he has.  Next, Jamal in a one of the soapiest and best cliffhangers thus far in the freshmen season of the series utters: “I’m going after his empire! I’m gonna take it.”

What did you think of last night’s episode of Empire?  Comment below!

 

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Jake NJ
Jake NJ

Loved it!! What a cast…acting is excellent!

Jeremy
Jeremy

…as is most of the writing, direction and casting, too!

su0000
su0000

OIhh it sounds so good..
I have not watched , yet..
I am excited to ‘binge’ watch..
I do not like waiting a week in between shows to see the next episode, that kills the suspense and train of involvement..I like it a continuous run like a movie with no interruptions, it really is so much better that way..
I will watch through demand..
I am so looking forward to it!!!!

Nk3play2
Nk3play2

Let me tell you…… It’s torture!!! I feel like a drug addict suffering from withdrawal syndrome! The ONLY thing that gets me through the week are the hilarious tweets.

Belle
Belle

I was enjoying Empire until the youngest son made the remarks about President O’Bama on the week of Jan. 14th’s episode. I couldn’t understand why Lee , Terrence , and Henson would allow those remarks to be written into the script about a sitting president. Plus, I’ve been waiting for a boycott of the show. It’s known how Fox feels about the President.

su0000
su0000

lol

This is the USA.. all presidents including Obama have been made fun off and bashed and criticized in every way possible .
There is not going to be any boycotting.. lol

Praise America for its’ freedom of expression and Speech ..
A river of blood has been shed for that privilege.

Long live Obama and Empire!

Nk3play2
Nk3play2

@Belle, yes it is a known fact how Fox feels about the president, but I trust Lee Daniels, Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard to no let it go too far. The youngest son is a realistic portrayal of any ungrateful snot nose kid who doesn’t know what they’re talking about. And to echo su000, Barack is no different than any other president; he’s going to come under scrutiny from those who don’t agree with him.

However, the show is very enjoyable and I hope you continue watching it.

downtownla
downtownla

It’s reality. A lot of African Americans are disappointed in the performance of the President. African Americans have done really poorly since the recession and their were higher expectations of Obama. In fact, many of my African American friends clarify that Barack is actually the first bi-racial President and since his family did not go through the slavery experience (as Michelle’s did), that he is disconnected from that experience and the magnitude of racism and discrimination.

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

Don’t mistake what is written in a script with supposed network bias. FOX has NEVER confused it’s real goal – profit – with political preferences. Remember, this network began with MARRIED WITH CHILDREN and THE SIMPSONS – shows that riled & offended conservative viewers many, many times. As for the remarks about a sitting president, POTUS can take it. The remarks were not as much about the POTUS as they were about the immature, clueless, entitled character of Hakeem.

davlestev1
davlestev1

Belle I have to admit those remarks threw me off to..and the silly phone call where the President allegedly was so riled up he hung up on Luscious…you could see the discomfort in Terence portrayal of the scene..but I think they were trying to portray President Obama as a real person who responds to people in real time..and hey..that is basically him..he loves to clown his own people and he loves being funny..but he’s also tragically very misunderstood for POLITICS sake..JMO

vinman
vinman

Son #1….hitting that BOOTAY!

Jeremy
Jeremy

so hot to watch!!!!

GH-er
GH-er

This show is great – the cast is fantastic and the story lines are so very very SOAPY. Really a ton of fun and the acting is first rate.

Lia
Lia

I can’t get enough of it. I was very upset when the Dallas re-boot was cancelled, but now I have a new favorite show to watch. Terrence Howard and Taraji are phenomenal in their roles. Awesome cast, awesome writing…Just awesome!

su0000
su0000

9.9 million empire viewers..
tv line poll–
86% rated Empire Awesome, above average ..

it’s a hit!!!

Belle
Belle

I agree with the comments made about my comments on Hakeem’s remarks . I know the immaturity of some of the youth of today and of some of the old crowd.
Yes, downtownla, some Blacks are upset with the President ; however, I’m not one of them. Just because his family didn’t evolve from the slavery experience doesn’t mean that he doesn’t understand how Blacks feel. You nor I came from slavery directly; yet, I know about Jim Crow because I lived it. Plus, I’m sure the President has experienced racism in his life also.
Anyway, I’m loving all of the comments and thoughts about the show.
Lia, I loved Dallas also. I’m still believing that someone will come to him/herself and bring it back.
KansasGuest, you’re right, too ; it’s about the money.
Thanks guys, I’m loving you and Empire!
Empire is great!

su0000
su0000

There are fakes ‘reality’ shows that are stupid, to say the least about them..
Empire is as close to real reality a sitcom could be ..
If you want true realism, that would be the ”peoples” of Empire..

Jeremy
Jeremy

I love how strong Jamal is becoming. Empire rocks!

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TEEN CHOICE AWARDS: ‘This Is Us’, ‘Empire’ & Actors Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, Jussie Smollett Score Nods

On Wednesday, the nominees for those ‘way cool’ surfboard trophies at the upcoming 2018 Teen Choice Awards were revealed.  The ceremony will air live on FOX on Sunday August 12th at 8/7c live from Los Angeles.

The awards voted on by fans for their favorites in television, movies and music kicked off the determination of the winners today. Fans have the chance to vote up to ten times a day on each platform: Twitter and at TeenChoice.com up until June 19.  For Twitter, viewers can tweet a category hashtag along with the nominee’s name for the vote to be counted.

In the television categories, Riverdale and the just cancelled Shadowhunters led the nominations. but a few of your favorite primetime soapy dramas also came away with nominations in the major categories … This Is Us, and Empire.  In addition, Sterling K. Brown (Randall) and Chrissy Metz (Kate) scored acting nominations for This Is Us, while Jussie Smollett (Jamal) received an acting nod for Empire.

Check out these main TV drama categories below and remember to vote.

Choice Drama TV Show (#ChoiceDramaTVShow)
Empire
Famous in Love
Riverdale
Star
The Fosters
This Is Us

Choice Drama TV Actor (#ChoiceDramaTVActor)
Cole Sprouse — Riverdale
Freddie Highmore — The Good Doctor
Jesse Williams — Grey’s Anatomy
Jussie Smollett — Empire
K.J. Apa — Riverdale
Sterling K. Brown — This Is Us

Choice Drama TV Actress (#ChoiceDramaTVActress)
Bella Thorne — Famous in Love
Camila Mendes — Riverdale
Chrissy Metz — This Is Us
Lili Reinhart — Riverdale
Maia Mitchell — The Fosters
Ryan Destiny — Star

So, which show from the nominees do you think the voters will chose for Choice Drama TV Show, Actor and Actress?  Let us know in the comment section below!

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EMPIRE Season Four Finale: A Wedding, Two Deaths … Maybe More!

On the season four finale of Empire, two deaths, maybe another, and a marriage, highlighted the twists and turns of the Fox hip-hop music soap opera.

First, Cookie’s (Taraji P. Henson) long time rival, Boo Boo Kitty aka Anika, played by Grace Gealey, took one of the more horrific signature tumbles that Empire is known for.  Payback is definitely a bitch!

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Andre (Trai Byers) spiked Anika’s champagne before her press conference when she announces she has taken over as CEO of “Empire.”  While she is making her speech, she starts seeing visions of Rhonda, featuring Kaitlin Doubleday reprising her role. As she is speaking to the press, Anika is having hallucinations of Rhonda and her delusions reach epic proportions.  Then, we watch Anika smash through glass and fall several floors below to her death. According to showrunner EP Greg Mahoney, Anika is truly dead.

But also, at the top of the hour, recovering junkie Tori, played by Rumer Willis, was rushed to the hospital.  This was following an emotional confrontation with Jamal (Jussie Smollett). He visits her in the rehab center where she realizes she’s still got deep addiction issues.  After, they have a talk, she tells him to watch out for himself, and that the Lyon family will bring him down, and he needs to find his own path in life. Later, Jamal comes back to see her, only to find out that she has suffered complications from a grand mal seizure, and has died.  This prompts Jamal to go on a self-journey, and leave the Lyon’s nest for now.

Meanwhile, at the end of the episode, Cookie and Lucious (Terrence Howard), finally, finally after all the bickering … all the backstabbing … all the health issues … all the betrayals … went down to city hall to get re-married.  This was a long time coming. It was a simple ceremony, but as with any Empire season finale, there was a major juxtaposition going on adjacent to the main scene, and this was also the case for season four’s final moments.

While Cookie and Lucious were getting married, the camera cuts to Hakeem (Bryshere Gray) and his baby mama Tiana (Serayah McNeill) getting ready to travel in a car along with white rapper Blake in tow, only to see that Blake’s racist father comes out of nowhere and attempts to assassinate Hakeem!  We don’t know if anyone was struck … we don’t know if anybody died … we fade to black.

On the business end of things, Eddie, played by Oscar winner Forest Whitaker, won the “Empire” auction.  He has forced the Lyon family to start from scratch as they no longer have the business that they spent years putting their blood, sweat, and tears into.

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When TV Line asked showrunner Brett Mahoney about the shooting at the end of the episode and if it will lead to a third death, he said, “I won’t say.  I will say that things won’t be the same between the four people that were involved in that.” Mahoney added that the early part of season five will focus on the Lyon family building a new empire.  He teased, “Yes.  But I think it’s going to be a much more difficult process than Cookie thinks it’s going to be.  And it’ll tear at the relationship between Cookie and Lucious and the boys, in terms of trying to achieve that goal.”

 

So, what did you think about the season four finale of Empire?  What did you think about who died?  What did you think about Cookie and Lucious tying the knot?  Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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EMPIRE Renewed For Season 5!

The Lyon family drama lives on!  News today from Michael Thorn, entertainment president for Fox Broadcasting, confirmed that Empire has been officially renewed for its fifth season!

With only four episodes left in its fourth season, and the Upfronts in New York in just a few weeks previewing the  2018-2019 season for advertisers, this was the perfect time to reveal the pick-up for the sudsy musical drama series.

In his statement, Thorn said of the series: “Empire is as compelling, emotional and unpredictable as it ever was. We are so proud of our amazing cast, led by Terrence and Taraji, who deliver powerful performances week after week. We’d also like to thank our tremendous creative team – Lee, Danny, Brett, Ilene, Sanaa, Brian and Francie – whose inspired storytelling continues to create the unforgettable, jaw-dropping OMG moments that have always been signature to Empire.”

Although the once huge Wednesday juggernaut has slid significantly in the ratings in 14 episodes this season, the show is averaging a 1.9 rating in the 18-49 demo and 5.8 million total viewers — down 31% and 24%, respectively from last season, the series is the network’s second most watched in multi-platform viewing, averaging 11.3 million viewers.

There was no confirmation of how many episodes will be ordered for the fifth season of Empire, but it is says to be most likely 18. (more…)

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