“Empire” producer Lee Daniels and star Terrence Howard have come forward with their response to a publicized billion dollar lawsuit fired at them.

According to reports, Daniels and Howard believe plaintiff Ron Newt‘s suit is based on his unsuccessful attempt at trying to enter the music business.

Daniels and Howard are responding to the lawsuit filed by Ron Newt — as TMZ first reported … the self proclaimed “gangsta pimp” claims Empire is based on his life, and he pitched his autobiography to Howard years ago.
According to the docs, Daniels says Newt’s unsuccessful effort to break into the music biz as “manager of his sons’ teen bubble gum pop trio,” is nothing like the successful Lyon family on “Empire.” (TMZ)

Find out what ratings hit “Empire” took this week on the next page…

According to reports, “Empire” is pulling in big ratings numbers but significantly less than previous weeks.

While easily the top-rated show of the night and helping Fox to win the night with a 3.0/10 rating and 8.59 million viewers, Empire saw a 8% decline among adults 18-49 and was down 6% in viewers to 12.2 million. And, remember, like last week, we could see an adjustment for Empire in later numbers. Empire lead-in, freshman Rosewood (1.4/5), took a much bigger tumble with an 18% fall in 18-49s. (Deadline)

G-Unit boss 50 Cent recently released an Instagram picture where he downplayed assertions of blasting “Empire” for a ratings decrease due to having a gay storyline.

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The hit show lost just over 2 million viewers and suffered a 20 percent drop of its premiere-episode adults 18-to-49 in comparison to its season two opener a few weeks ago.

According to Nielsen live-plus-same-day data, “Empire” averaged a 5.5 in the all-important demo, which marked an 18% drop from the preliminary 6.7 notched by the season premiere. For what it’s worth, most shows tend to drop between 15% and 20% between their first and second broadcasts. (Ad Age)