Lee Daniels’ Empire Draws Big Ratings In First Episode

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Lee Daniels’ Empire Draws Big Ratings In First Episode
Posted by Wilson Moraless

January 8, 2015

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According to Variety, Lee Daniels‘ TV series, ‘Empire,’ which premiered on January 7, 2015 on Fox TV drew huge numbers in the ratings.

The site reports that “Following its lead-in ‘American Idol,’ and so far the preliminary Nielsen estimates that “Empire” averaged a 3.7 rating/10 share in adults 18-49 and 9.8 million viewers overall from 9 to 10 p.m., besting the strong bow of the net’s “Gotham” in September (3.1/9 in 18-49, 8.3 million viewers overall). “Empire” is just a tick below the demo score of ABC’s “How to Get Away With Murder” (3.8), which went on to remain hot for the Alphabet.

The big “Empire” premiere means that three of the top four launches of the season in adults 18-49 — “How to Get Away With Murder,” “Empire” and “Black-ish” — are shows fronted by African-Americans. In Wednesday’s rare head-to-head showdown of two broadcast series about black families, “Empire” easily beat “Black-ish” (3.7 to 2.1 in 18-49 and 9.7 million to 6.3 million in total viewers).”

Empire pic - Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon

From Academy Award nominee Lee Daniels (“Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” “Precious”) and Emmy Award winner Danny Strong (“Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” “Game Change”), comes EMPIRE, a sexy and powerful new drama about the head of a music empire whose three sons and ex-wife all battle for his throne.

LUCIOUS LYON (Terrence Howard) is the king of hip-hop. An immensely talented artist, the CEO of Empire Entertainment and a former street thug, his reign has been unchallenged for years. But all that changes, when he learns he has a disease that is going to render him crippled and incapacitated in a matter of three years. The clock is ticking, and he must groom one of his three sons to take over his crowning achievement, without destroying his already fractured family.

Empire pic - Terrence Howard and Taraji P. HensonLucious’ favorite is his youngest son, HAKEEM (newcomer Bryshere Gray), a gifted musician and a spoiled playboy who values fame over hard work. The middle son, JAMAL (Jussie Smollett), is a sensitive soul and a musical prodigy who, unlike Hakeem, shies away from the spotlight. Jamal also happens to be gay, which infuriates and embarrasses his father. ANDRE (Trai Byers), the eldest son, is CFO of Empire Entertainment. Wharton-educated with a brilliant business mind, Andre lacks the charisma that Lucious believes is crucial to running the company.

But in his quest for power, Andre is assisted by his manipulative and like-minded wife, RHONDA (Kaitlin Doubleday). As Lucious prompts his sons to vie for the empire, his plans are thrown into chaos when his ex-wife, COOKIE (Taraji P. Henson), mysteriously emerges seven years early from prison, where she’s been for almost two decades. Brash and fearless, she sees herself as the sacrificial lamb who built this empire with Lucious and then took the fall for running the drugs that financed Lucious’ early career.

Empire pic - Bryshere Gray, Trai Byers, Jussie Smollett, Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson

For now, Lucious remains firmly in control of Empire Entertainment. He is attended to by his hard-working assistant, BECKY (guest star Gabourey Sidibe), and relies on longtime friend and Chairman of the Board VERNON TURNER (Malik Yoba) for advice and support. He relies on a whole lot more from ANIKA GIBBONS (newcomer Grace Gealey), the head of A&R for Empire, and his current girlfriend. As the Lyons slug it out, an emotional chess game begins that will either cause the family’s destruction or redemption. Lives and loves will be lost as the complicated family will come together and fall apart over the elusive throne, all set to an original soundtrack written and produced by legendary hip-hop hitmaker Timbaland.

Will the family unite and learn to love each other before it’s too late? Love, war, family, sacrifice, money and music: this is the story of the Lyons’ EMPIRE.

Naomi Campbell also joins the cast as Camilla, an alluring woman involved in a steamy affair with the much-younger Hakeem.

The series is created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong. The pilot is written by Daniels and Strong. The series is executive-produced by Daniels, Strong, Brian Grazer (“24,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Parenthood”) and Francie Calfo (“Those Who Kill,” GANG RELATED). Daniels directed the pilot.

New Trailer

Clip 1 – Press Conference

Clip 2 – Surprise Visit

Clip 3 – 17 Years Later

Full Performance of “What Is Love” (feat. Veronika Bozeman)

Music – Good Enough (feat. Jussie Smollett)

Music – Live In The Moment (feat. Jussie Smollett, Yazz)


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