Although no one was really worried it would be cancelled, we’re happy to report FOX has renewed its Empire TV show for a fifth season. The scripted music business series remains FOX’s highest performing TV series in the important 18-49 year old viewer demographic, so the season five renewal was a no-brainer.
A FOX drama series, Empire stars Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Jussie Smollett, Bryshere Y. Gray, Trai Byers, Grace Byers, Gabourey Sidibe, Ta’Rhonda Jones, Serayah, Xzibit, Rumer Willis, Andre Royo, and Terrell Carter. It centers on Lucious Lyon(Howard), CEO of Empire Entertainment and his family.
Empire: A Look at the Ratings
The fourth season of Empire is averaging a 1.89 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 5.79 million viewers. Compared to season three, it is currently down by about 31% and 24%, respectively. Find out how Empire stacks up against the other FOX TV shows.
Here’s the FOX press release about the Empire season five renewal.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
“EMPIRE” RENEWED FOR A FIFTH SEASON ON FOX
Academy Award Winner Forest Whitaker and
Emmy Award and Golden Globe Winner Alfre Woodard
Guest-Star in Tonight’s All-New Episode
FOX has renewed the hit drama EMPIRE for a fifth season, it was announced today by Michael Thorn, President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company.
“EMPIRE is as compelling, emotional and unpredictable as it ever was,” said Thorn. “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.”
In tonight’s episode of EMPIRE, “A Lean and Hungry Look,” airing at 8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT on FOX, Eddie (guest star Forest Whitaker) fights for his place at Empire Entertainment and gets the board on his side, while Lucious (Terrence Howard) and Shine (Alvin “Xzibit” Joiner) must find a permanent solution to keep him out. Then, as Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) tries to make amends for the past, it leads her to a possible future with her long-lost mother (guest star Alfre Woodard).
EMPIRE ranks as one of the season’s top broadcast dramas among Adults 18-49 and earns FOX’s second-largest Total Multi-Platform audience this season, averaging 11.3 million Total Viewers for the 2017/18 broadcast season to date, up +95% from its Live + Same Day delivery. The critically acclaimed series has garnered multiple Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominations. For her role as “Cookie Lyon,” Taraji P. Henson has received two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama in 2016. The series and cast have been recognized at the NAACP Image Awards over the past several years through multiple nominations and wins, including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series and Outstanding Actress in Drama Series. The series also earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media.
EMPIRE stars Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Jussie Smollett, Bryshere “Yazz” Gray, Trai Byers, Grace Byers, Gabourey Sidibe, Ta’Rhonda Jones, Serayah, Xzibit, Rumer Willis, Andre Royo and Terrell Carter. In addition to the regular cast, the fourth season of the series has featured guest appearances by a wide range of talented performers, including Demi Moore, Forest Whitaker, Alfre Woodard, Taye Diggs and Phylicia Rashad.
From Imagine Television in association with 20th Century Fox Television, EMPIRE was created by Academy Award nominee Lee Daniels and Emmy Award winner Danny Strong, and is executive-produced by Daniels, Strong, Academy Award- and Emmy Award-winning producer Brian Grazer, Ilene Chaiken, Francie Calfo, Sanaa Hamri, Brett Mahoney and Dennis Hammer. “Like” EMPIRE on Facebook at facebook.com/EmpireFOX. Follow the series on Twitter @EmpireFOX and join the discussion using #Empire. See photos and videos on Instagram by following @EmpireFOX.
What do you think? Do you still enjoy the Empire TV series? How many seasons do you think it should run?
will not watch and will organize a boycott of Empire sponsors if Smollett is returned to the series.
this show should have been cancelled.
Empire should run forever
Empire should continue to run and run season after season with new series every year
Ilove empire, the music makes it less like a tv show. More like a musical with dramatic and comedy added for story content. If they were going to cancell it should have been at the end of season three only without the car bombin. When lucious sang that song for cookie and they flashed back to when they met. Perfect ending, however i fully enjoyed season 4 and looking forward to see 5,6 7, etc. I dont fit your demagraphic age somaybe you could look at older watchers like me..im 72.
I think Empire should never be cancelled, Cookie your the best.
Since I discovered the Empire series I can’t wait to watch the next episode! It surely is my favorite show and could watch it season after season!. Thank you Fox, thank you empire cast for continuing the series, I think I will pout when empire ever ends.
10 seasons 20 seasons I can’t get enough of Empire
Yes please don’t take it off air hot show
I love Empire it’s my favorite show to watch on TV right now and I never want to see it end
I absolutely love this show. I hope it runs for at least 7 seasons. Cookie and the Lyon Cubs make the show irresistible.
I ******* love Empire. Best serie ever dont ever stop keep making more pleas
I love love love this show can’t wait until the fall
This is my favorite show to watch through the weak! So excited every Wednesday to see what’s next! Hats off to all the cast great performance! You all are really great!! I want this show to run forever!! My Grandson and I cook or have take out then we enjoy!!
OMG I just love Empire I just can’t wait to look at Empire tonight. I’m 66 yrs old and if I think I’m going to miss it I record.its so interesting my whole family looks we call Wednesday night Empire Night we have Pizza and Hot wings and Enjoy.
Empire is so good! and they will run for a few more season’s because they have a good number of ratings and views, I watch Empire every Wenesday and I just love the Lyon Family. Empire needs to run for five more season’s for real because it’s the best series that Fox has ever had and they are making them a lot of money, Thanks to Lee Daniels and Danny Strong and everyone person that makes Empire what it is and still standing strong for three years to the Empire!
I think Empire should never be cancelled