According to Entertainment Weekly, the premiere of “Empire” tied with the premiere episode of “How To Get Away With Murder” as the season’s highest-rated series debut for the 18-49 demographic.
In addition to “Empire,” a handful of other shows including “Gotham” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” were renewed by Fox.
“Empire” stars Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard and tells the story of Lucious Lyon, a former drug dealer-turned-Hip Hop mogul.
Prior to the show’s premiere on January 7, rapper 50 Cent criticized the show for allegedly copying their marketing plan from his show, “Power.” Following 50’s criticism, “Empire” star Taraji P. Henson left the following message on Twitter: “I pay attention to $’s NOT cents.”
Henson’s comment was then followed by an Instagram video uploaded by 50.
“Empire” airs on Wednesday at 9/8 Central on Fox.