Empire‘s reign will continue. FOX just announced they’ve renewed the TV show for a sixth season.
The drama series revolves around the Empire Entertainment company, founder Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard), his three sons (Bryshere Y. Gray, Jussie Smollett, and Trai Byers), and their mother, Cookie (Taraji P. Henson).
Despite the behind-the-scenes drama with Jussie Smollett, ratings for Empire have remained steady during the show’s fifth season. So far, the FOX series is averaging a 1.32 rating in the 18-49 demo and 4.594 million viewers. That’s around a 25% drop in ratings from season four.
As for Smollet’s status on the series, TVLine says there are no plans for his character Jamal to return at this moment.
Read more about the season six renewal below:
FOX has renewed the hit drama EMPIRE for a sixth season, it was announced today by Michael Thorn, President, Entertainment for FOX Entertainment.
“EMPIRE continues to break barriers with its emotionally powerful storytelling, and it remains a core part of the FOX legacy,” said Thorn. “We want to thank everyone on the show – Taraji, Terrence and the entire cast, as well as Lee, Danny, Brett, Sanaa, Brian, Francie, Dennis and their teams – all of whom have done a tremendous job this season. We know there are so many more stories to tell, and we can’t wait to see what they have in store for Season Six.”
On tomorrow’s all-new episode, “My Fate Cries Out,” airing Wednesday, May 1 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), on FOX, Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) gets picked up by AUSA Conway (guest star Alicia Coppola), while Lucious (Terrence Howard) is visited by his past. Becky (Gabourey Sidibe), Hakeem (Bryshere “Yazz” Gray) and Andre (Trai Byers) devise a plan to save Empire by putting on a show with special guests Sevyn Streeter and Ty Dolla $ign. Meanwhile, Andre helps Empire with an assist from the last person the Lyons expect and Cookie may never forgive Lucious for what he’s done, leading up to next week’s heart-stopping finale.
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, Francie Calfo, Sanaa Hamri, Dennis Hammer, Matt Pyken and Diane Ademu-John. Brett Mahoney is executive producer and showrunner for the series. “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 watch Empire? Are you glad it’s coming back?
I would love to see Empire return for Season 6 as well as continue with more even after that! This is a wonderful show and keeps me wanting more and more!! And I am 68 years young and really enjoy it. And please if at all possible bring Jussie Smollett back as well. He did no harm to anyone except hisself if its true that he lied. He did not hurt the show in anyway for sure. If he lied, it was wrong, but no one got hurt, killed, or sick by it! Therefore, he has to live with himself… Read more »
Is no empire tonight 5-15-2019 ?
Please don’t do this you looked at the ages from 19-49 but what about the ages 50-65. I hope and pray that you reconsider
This so has me on edge each week waiting for what happens next
People how do we start a petition to let them we want the show to continue
I’m glad it is returning for season 6. At the same time, it is the final season. I wish the cast, and producers were the one to make that ultimate decision, unfortunately the higher ups gave the show the axe! I’m sure it had a lot to do with Jussie Smollet previous actions toward the network. Hopefully another network will pick the show up!
Once an avid viewer of the show. But, no longer. I understand that you cannot hold everyone accountable for the actions of one individual. However…. As long as his fate is “up in arms”, mine will be as well.
The show keeps you wanting more and more! Please keep Jessie Smollett. The show can’t survive without him. He had got to return! Season 6 will be the end of Empire without Smolett
I love the show it was because of Jussie Smollet that I started watching it if he doesn’t return then I prolly won’t watch it now more.
I love this Show can’t wait to see it!
I love Empire and look forward to seeing it every week. I love Jamal too. Please don’t take him off.
I glad empire is returning for the six season this show is my favorite show I love the cast I hope Jussie returns.
Unless Smottet is removed we will not watch. His attempt to get money from Empire with his staged hate attack should deeply offend the producers and the network. To ignore it is to condone it.
I love Empire! Jessie Smollett is one my favorite actors. Please, please, PLEASE keep him on!! The show wouldn’t be the same without him. I know a LOT of friends feel the same way. I probably wouldn’t watch the show because the dynamics would change. It would be a shame to ruin such a great show!!
so glad that “Empire” is renewed it is my favorite show and why should the ahow suffer and the cadt suffer because of Jussie Smollett that was his mistake
I love the show, but I will not watch it if Jussie Smollett does not return.
Yes, I am excited about Empire returning for another season. At this time, I can’t honestly say that I don’t want each of the regulars to return for the new season.
Great show,Thank you for returning
I love empire,the show and everyone in it.Iam excited to see what’s next and see the entire cast for many more series to come.BB