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G-Unit boss 50 Cent is getting an early laugh on “Power” rival TV show “Empire” and its season three premiere ratings. The rapper-turned-Hollywood star has reacted to the must-watch series’ return this week.

Fif went to Instagram Friday (September 23) to throw some shade at “Empire” but also dished out love for the show’s standout actress Taraji P. Henson who plays Cookie Lyon.

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The series suffered a big drop in its 18-49 demographic in comparison to last year’s season two premiere.

These “Empire” Season 3 premiere numbers are big — the problem is, they’re not “Empire”-big. The Lee Daniels hip-hop soap opera tumbled 39 percent last night in the key 18-49 demographic versus its sophomore season start. It still handed Fox an easy Wednesday win, however, and was essentially steady with its Season 2 finale. “Empire” followed a decent debut from the new cop show “Lethal Weapon.” Last year, lead-in “Rosewood” fared better in the main demo, but worse among overall viewers. (The Wrap)

Despite the dip, “Empire” still managed to bring in over 10 million viewers.

“Empire” was the night’s top show, drawing a 4.1 in the demo and 10.8 million total viewers, but was down significantly from last fall’s season-two debut (6.7, 16.2 million). The series premiere of “Lethal Weapon” at 8 p.m. drew a 2.2 and 7.8 million viewers, down 8% in the demo, but up 4% in total viewers from the series premiere of “Rosewood” last fall in the same time period. (Variety)

A couple nights ago, rap star French Montana boasted about his “Empire” season three cameo.

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