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Power Numbers? “Empire” Reaches New Heights After Record-Breaking Finale Airing

Written By Rosario Harper

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“Empire” stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson have plenty to brag about heading into the weekend as reports claim their hit Fox show set groundbreaking records with its two-hour finale this week.

Based on new reports, Wednesday (March 18) night’s finale scored a 6.5 rating among adults 18-49 and brought in 16.7 million viewers.

First of all, that’s a record for the TV ratings rule breaking series and up 71% and 69% respectively from the results of the show’s debut back on January 7. Secondly, compared to the series’ March 11 1-hour show that’s a 12% rise in both categories. It’s a 2% bop up from earlier demo numbers this morning and a 1% rise viewershipwise. While still behind the March 15 airing of AMC’s The Walking Dead, Empire has now solidly taken the lead among shows on the Big 4 among adults 18-49 this season. (Deadline)

Check out what “Empire” star Jussie Smollett told SOHH about season two on the next page…

Earlier this week, “Empire” star Jussie Smollett talked to SOHH about what the show’s explosive first season.

“I feel like Season 1 was the set up and then Season 2 will be, okay, let’s go back and let’s clean up all of the Lyons’ stuff, if you will. I’m very happy. I’m very excited where Jamal, where his journey has taken him, from beginning to now, and where it’s going to end up going. I’m very excited.” (SOHH)

He also provided an update on when fans could hear his own solo music and how soon season two would go into production.

“The album will have to be sometime next year because we do this promotional tour and then we go straight to – and I’m going to be writing and recording, just, but we go straight to filming Season 2 come early summer, so there’s not necessarily a lot of time. We’ll be in the thick of recording new music for Season 2.” (SOHH)

“Empire” star Bryshere “Yazz” Gray talked to SOHH this week about working with music veteran Snoop Dogg on the finale episode.

“It was great to work with Snoop [Dogg]. It was good to vibe out with the legend Snoop Dogg and to get some jewels I can take into life and use and to apply them to my everyday life.” (SOHH)

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Written by Rosario Harper

SOHH.com Writer. When I'm not covering hip-hop news and announcements, I'm deep into an Audible book and eating veggies.

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