|Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon in Empire|
Although Empire's ratings have fallen from their meteoric levels in season 1, the Fox press release brags that the show ranks as the #1 broadcast drama in Adults 18-49 for the third consecutive season, and is the #1 broadcast entertainment program among Adults 18-49, teens and young women. And on a multi-platform basis, Empire averages almost 16 million total viewers this season, up 82% from its live+same day numbers.
A few hours later, Empire creator Lee Daniels appeared on the stage, along with the cast of his latest creation, Star. And so Daniels will be quite a busy man if Fox proceeds with a possible Empire spinoff, which was announced in the press back in August.
After Empire's fall finale, Star has been occuping the show's Wednesdays at 9 time slot. After Star finishes its own run, Empire will return for its spring premiere on Wednesday, March 22.